Posts tagged shammi kapoor
Priya Gupta (BOMBAY TIMES; May 3, 2013)
Anil Kapoor, 56, feels blessed that even after acting for 35 years, he is able to pick and choose roles he wants to do. Ahead of his upcoming film Shootout At Wadala, he talks to Bombay Times about his meeting with Raj Kapoor, his attachment to Boney Kapoor and his desire to just see Sonam happy. Excerpts:
Let’s talk about your childhood? I was born in Tilak Nagar, Chembur, where we lived in a concrete one-room chawl. In a single room we were three brothers, one sister, my parents and sometimes even my grandparents. We had two lavatories that were shared between 10 families. We lived there till I was 10. My father was an assistant to K Asif, the director of Mughal-e-Azam, after which he became secretary to Shammi Kapoor. In those days, your secretary was treated like family. So we were close to Shammi uncle’s family and through him, Raj Kapoor’s family. Shammi uncle used to stay at Deonar next to Raj Kapoor’s house in Chembur. We had then shifted to Sion Koliwada from a single room to a double room till I was 14, when we shifted back to Chembur close to RK Studio, so that my mother and Krishna aunty could stay close to each other as they were inseparable sisters. They are still best of friends and we were like Krishna aunty’s children. She is the only one who has slapped me as a mom and till today I feel extremely close to her.
Are you a trained actor? I joined St Xavier’s College, but was not interested in studies and wanted to More >
Parag Maniar (BOMBAY TIMES; May 2, 2013)
Actress Divya Dutta turned choreographer for a day on the set of Gippi. Trouble started when the child artistes in the film had to dance to a number of Shammi Kapoor tracks and there was no professional choreographer. Much to debutant director Sonam Nair’s relief, Divya stepped in.
The actress says, “It was one of those moments when you forget you are an actor. I got so engrossed that the steps just flowed. It gave me an opportunity to do something different and the experience was certainly worth it.”
Riya Vij, who plays the title character says, “There was great energy on the set. Everybody started calling me Gippi and I have actually stopped responding to my real name. But whenever Divyaji called me Gippi, I’d call her Pappi aunty, which is her character’s name, and she would say, ‘Mujhe aunty mat kehna’.”
Riya says the dance sequences helped the unit bond. “We got closer and that helped us perform better during intense scenes.”
Gippi, produced by Dharma Productions, releases May 10.
MUMBAI MIRROR (March 13, 2013)
Captured on March 21, 1975, the picture has two heartthrobs of a different time – Shammi Kapoor and Rajesh Khanna – shimmying and having fun at a party hosted by producer-distributor Gulshan Rai in Srinagar.
Shammi, with his unique brand of charisma, comic timing and not to mention, killer dance moves, carved a niche for himself as leading romantic hero in the 50s and 60s. He would choreograph his own moves, earning him the moniker of the Indian Elvis Presley.
Rajesh entered filmdom much later and was hailed in the 70s as the original superstar of Hindi cinema, courtesy his still-unbroken record of 15 consecutive solo hits. His charm and style are the stuff of Bollywood lore. At the peak of his career, female fans would mob him, marry his photographs and send him letters inked in their blood.
By the mid-70s, Shammi’s career as solo lead was well over and the actor had stepped into yet another role – that of a director. In Bundal Baaz, his second film after Manoranjan, Shammi cast Rajesh in the lead while he played the role of a genie. The film didn’t do well at the box office but critics thought it to be well ahead of its time.
Rai, who produced and distributed blockbusters like Deewar (1975) and Trishul (1978), that launched the likes of Amitabh Bachchan and Salim-Javed, was celebrating his success. Sharing it were two men, who couldn’t have been more alike…
Bollywood celebs and business tycoons get customised elevators with designer ceilings and glass that frosts over
Ankit Ajmera (MUMBAI MIRROR; February 13, 2013)
Climbing the corporate ladder is passé. The swish circles of Mumbai’s elite instead get to the top in customised elevators designed to meet their needs and whims. Some want greater internet connectivity so that they can continue important conversations, some want pebbles (perhaps for a spa feel?) and some simply want elevators that will sync with the interiors and exteriors of their homes.
Engineering graduate Savio Joseph (left, in picture above) combines his skills with Imran Shaikh’s business acumen to bring to Mumbai’s elite elevators that cater to their every need. In the last seven years Express Home Elevator Solutions has customised elevators for some well-known film stars, business tycoons and even politicians in the city.
“Some of our clients want touch screen control panels, designer ceilings or even electric glasses that can turn from clear to frosted at the touch of a switch,” says Joseph, 35 The duo have a workshop at Andheri (W) where the frills are added. The basic machinery for the elevator is imported from Italy. All elevators, the duo says, meet international safety standards.
“Elevator firms do no create specialised solutions for people’s homes which usually don’t have enough space to install regular sized elevators. Our job is to understand the requirement of our clients and then design a lift More >
Ever noticed how the hero’s voice changes each time he hums a song in a film these days? Using multiple playback singers is a trend that seems to have the vote of both music directors and artistes who say it is the best thing to have happened to the music industry in a while, report
J Kothari and Itee Sharma (MID-DAY; February 10, 2013)
The recently released Race 2 would have us believe that the character played by Saif Ali Khan can transform his singing voice at will, perhaps depending on the situation and the leading lady prancing alongside. Saif sings in Atif Aslam’s voice as he woos Deepika Padukone with ‘Be Intehaan’; he has KK filling in for him in the dance number ‘Party on my mind’; and when he parties with Jacqueline Fernandez, a third playback singer, Benny Jacob, croons the upbeat ‘Lat lag gayi’. The film’s music director Pritam explains, “If I feel a voice suits a song, I utilize it. Whether the singer is old or new doesn’t matter. The voice should suit the requirements of the song.” It is almost as if every time a contemporary hero clears his throat to launch into song, the audience can expect a different playback singer’s voice to waft into the airwaves.
Take the case of 2012’s biggest crowd pleaser — Ek Tha Tiger. Composers Sohail Sen and Sajid Wajid have four different singers exercise their larynxes for leading man Salman Khan in four songs (Wajid in ‘Mashallah’, KK in ‘Laapata’, Sukhwinder Singh in ‘Banjaara’ and Mohit Chauhan in ‘Saiyyara’). Not to be More >
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; November 29, 2012)
The 2km stretch along a sea-facing promenade in Bandra, showcasing handprints and signatures of Hindi cinema greats, has been around since March this year. Aptly called ‘Walk of the Stars’, the endeavour by a popular television channel has so far unravelled statues of legends like Raj Kapoor and Shammi Kapoor.
And now, it is the turn of the late Dev Anand to be put on the pedestal, literally. On December 4, veteran actress Waheeda Rehman will unveil a statue of the iconic actor at a well-attended ceremony at a suburban five star. We hear Amar Singh, Hema Malini, Asha Parekh, Prem Chopra and Govinda are among the guests invited to the event. And if sources are to be believed, after Dev-Saab, the very next statue could well be that of Dilip Kumar or Yash Chopra.
As told to Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; November 23, 2012)
My debut couldn’t have got any better. My first film Dil Deke Dekho was released on October 2, 1959 on my 17th birthday and it was a hit. I consider myself lucky. Who else gets her first film released on her birthday? I was completely new to the unit while my leading man Shammi Kapoor was already an established star after Tumsa Nahin Dekha, which had released two years earlier. Not once did Shammi Chacha — that’s what I called him from the time we worked together in this film till he passed away — make me feel like a newcomer. He guided me through my scenes and was very patient because I was very nervous.
Dil Deke Dekho was also the beginning of my association with director Nasir Hussain. Thereafter, we went on to work in many films. But I still remember the shooting of Dil Deke Dekho. It was so much fun, almost like a picnic that never ended. I especially enjoyed shooting the songs.
When the film released, I was too busy to enjoy my success. But my parents were very happy for me. There was a certain amount of anxiety because I had been rejected as the female lead in another film. However, barely days after that, producer Sashadhar Mukherjee signed me for Dil Deke Dekho. It was a roaring hit. Wherever I went, people said, “There goes the Dil Deke Dekho girl.”
Parag Maniar (BOMBAY TIMES; September 22, 2012)
Mika Singh, who will soon leave for a tour spanning the US, Canada and the West Indies, will devote a segment of his shows to screen legends Shammi Kapoor, Dev Anand and Rajesh Khanna. The singer will sing popular retro numbers from the late actors’ films.
“I will sing some of the famous songs picturised on the actors. This is my way of paying tribute to them,” says Mika. The singer, who performs overseas once every two years, explains, “It gives me a chance to perform a variety of songs. There are lot of songs that one records for films and private albums during this time. Few songs even turn out to be chartbusters and become instant hits.”
“I can render Hindi and Punjabi songs and that works to my advantage as a performer. The Punjabis and the Sikh community, especially those in Canada, thoroughly enjoy my shows,” he adds.
Garima Sharma (BOMBAY TIMES; September 5, 2012)
A few days before Rishi Kapoor’s 60th birthday, it came to light that the actor is working on his autobiography, to be released in 2013, chronicling four decades of his life. But, Kapoor is not the only one inking is life in black and white for his fans. From superstar Amitabh Bachchan, the iconic Rajinikanth to the cinematic genius Satyajit Ray, many of Bollywood’s big names are going to become the subject of books over the next year.
Autobiographies and biographies are top of the list for most publishers. There are soon going to be books on Shammi Kapoor, Mani Ratnam, Manoj Kumar, Guru Dutt and Shatrughan Sinha. Also one on Mohammed Rafi by his son, an Aamir Khan biography as well as Oscar-winning sound designer Resul Pookutty’s autobiography. That apart, a book on Satyajit Ray is being written by his wife Bijoya Ray. There is a book on Bollywood villain Ranjeet too in the pipeline.
Then there is a book being written on the entire Bachchan clan, and we hear that it may just have exclusive pictures of Abhishek-Aishwarya’s daughter Aaradhya.
Besides these, graphic novels and screenplays too are being picked up by readers. The script of Rishi-Dimple’s Bobby is being released soon, as is a book on the movie Amar Akbar Anthony, which will also feature its screenplay. Another genre being explored is that of graphic novels. There have already been such novels on Don 2 and Agent Vinod, and more in the future may not be ruled More >
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, November 19, 2011 – 16:24 IST
Shashi Kapoor who stole the hearts of many with his stellar performance in films like Jab Jab Phool Khile, Satyam Shivam Sundaram, Deewar, Kabhi Kabhie and many more has been bound to the wheelchair since a few years due to bad health. But despite his condition, the actor par excellence went to the theatre on Monday evening to watch Rockstar to see his late brother Shammi’s last big screen performance.
The 73 year old actor has not seen a movie in the theatre for the last 10 years due to his ill health and immobility. Rockstar was special to him for two reasons, it is his elder brother Shammi’s last screen appearance and the film’s lead actor is his grand-nephew Ranbir Kapoor.
Shashiji generally watches films at home, but for Rockstar, Shashiji insisted on going to the theatre, no matter how much of an effort it took him as it stars his late brother whom he was really close to and he also wanted to watch Ranbir whom he had not seen on screen so far. Shashi Kapoor loved Ranbir’s performance in the film. He also took all his staff from Prithvi Theatre to the movie with him.