Shammi Kapoor: The Final Goodbye

I woke up this morning to the news of Shammi Kapoor’s sad demise and I’ve had a sad feeling ever since. He was an actor who gave birth to so many trends in his time as well as being the life and soul of Indian cinema once upon a time. He was lively, he was “loud” and he was unapologetic. These qualities and more were part of Shammiji’s style and these are the very things that will be remembered now that the legend is no more.

It can be said that my love and passion for Bollywood very much stems from the movies from the era of Shammiji which showcased such great stories, some of the best music and not to mention larger than life characters. I very much remember (in no specific movies) the way in which the actor, in a lot of his films, wooed his heroines. It seems that in those days the songs were relied upon to do the needful rather than the moments that made up any given love story within a film. It was Shammiji’s apparent spontaneity in his roles and his boisterousness that marked his USP and also helped him become, quite simply, unforgettable, irreplaceable and living on in people’s hearts.

I would like to touch on some of Shammiji’s most celebrated songs (the ones that are my favourite) and the lyrics within them. Please do click on the song title to view the song.

Ehsaan Tera Hoga (Male) – Junglee (1961)

Ehsaan tera hoga mujh par

Dil chaahta hai woh kehna do

Mujhe tumse mohobbat ho gayi hai

Mujhe palkon ki chhaon mein rehne do…

Tumne mujhko hasna sikhaaya

Rone kahoge, ro lenge ab

Aansoo ke hamaare gham na karo

Woh behte hai toh behne do…

Mujhe tumse mohobbat ho gayi hai

Mujhe palkon ki chaaon mein rehne do…

Badan Pe Sitaare – Prince (1969)

Badan pe sitaare lapete hue

O jaan-e-tamanna kidhar jaa rahi ho

Zara paas aao toh chain aajaaye…

Humhi jab na honge toh e dilruba

Kise dekhkar hai sharmaaogi

Na dekhogi phir tum kabhi aaina

Humaare bina roz ghabaaogi…

Badan pe sitaare lapete hue

O jaan-e-tamanna kidhar jaa rahi ho

Zara paas aao toh chain aajaaye…

Aaj Kal Tere Mere Pyar Ke Charche – Brahmachari (1968)

Aaj kal tere mere pyar ke charche har zabaan par

Sab ko maloom hai aur sab ko khabar ho gayi

Humne toh pyar mein aisa kaam karliya

Pyar ki raah mein apna naam karliya

Pyar ki raah mein apna naam karliya

Aaj kal tere mere pyar ke charche har zabaan par

Sab ko maloom hai aur san ko khabar ho gayi…

There are, of course, so many songs that one can mention when one thinks of Shammiji. I will, however, stop there. The sad loss of Shammiji is most definitely the loss of an actor and a star who, in a way, symbolises Bollywood in the years before technology changed the world. His popularity and his glorious style will remain timeless… and because of his outstanding contribution to the film world, he will live on in people’s hearts and in people’s memories.

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