Shammi Kapoor – The Superhero

Shammi Kapoor Sahab or Shamsher Raj Kapoor – the second son of Prithviraj Kapoor Sahab did not have an easy ride into Hindi film industry in spite of the fact that his father and brother Raj Kapoor were established and respected names in the industry.. However, he did have a turn around after his first notable success ‘Dil Deke Dekho’ which was the debut film of Asha Parekh yet it was more with the huge success of Junglee, where Saira Banu was introduced for the first time.. that Shammi Kapoor the superhero emerged.. his iconic image got further established with the advent of Kashmir Ki Kali, where Sharmila Tagore made her first impressions in Hindi Cinema..
Notably Mohammad Rafi played a pivotal role in his rise.. as would be evident from the compilation of the present Rupaye Mei Solah Gaane sequel.. Though I have my doubts if it was not Shammi Kapoor who was responsible for the rediscovered Mohammad Rafi.. the fact remains that they clicked as a huge pair complemented the other with great propensity.. something similar to Raj Kapoor and Mukesh combination..

Well, I did have my share of connect with the superhero whom I had once crossed at Sophia theatre during some play staged there.. and later he had replied to one of my emails and later sent a couple of more one around the birth of dear Amrit and another in reciprocation to an email sent around his birthday.. it was on one of the birthdays of dear Nandita that I learned of his death at billiards or rather snooker table.. though it is no occasion to present the RMSG today yet I believe, one does not have to stick to such guidelines as birth or death anniversary of a star to present his work.. It is nevertheless the birthday of dear Raghu.. again he may not really have great flair for either Shammi ji or Mohammad Rafi Sahab yet I do not hesitate in dedicating the RMSG to him.. Have a great birthday dear Raghu..
रुपये में सोलह गाने – शम्मी कपूर
1. ये चांद सा रोशन चेहरा – कश्मीर की कली – मोहम्मद रफ़ी
2. दिल के झरोखे में तुझको बैठा कर – ब्रह्मचारी – मोहम्मद रफ़ी
3. बार बार देखो हज़ार बार देखो – चाईना टॉउन – मोहम्मद रफ़ी
4. इस रंग बदलती दुनिया में – राजकुमार – मोहम्मद रफ़ी
5. तुमने पुकारा और और हम चले आये – राजकुमार – मोहम्मद रफ़ी, सुमन कल्याणपुर
6. आज कल तेरे मेरे प्यार के चर्चे – ब्रह्मचारी – मोहम्मद रफ़ी, सुमन कल्याणपुर
7. तुमसे अच्छा कौन है – जानवर – मोहम्मद रफ़ी
8. जनम जनम का साथ है – तुमसे अच्छा कौन है – मोहम्मद रफ़ी
9. तुमने मुझे देखा होकर मेहरबां – तीसरी मंज़िल – मोहम्मद रफ़ी
10. है दुनिया उसी की ज़माना उसी का – कश्मीर की कली – मोहम्मद रफ़ी
11. तुम मुझे यूं भुला ना पाओगे – पगला कहीं का – मोहम्मद रफ़ी
12. एहसान तेरा होगा मुझ पर – जंगली – मोहम्मद रफ़ी
13. इशारों इशारों में दिल लेने वाले – कश्मीर की कली
14. बदन पे सितारे लपेटे हुये – प्रिंस – मोहम्मद रफ़ी
15. आसमान से आया फरिश्ता – ऍन ईवनिंग इन पैरिस – मोहम्मद रफ़ी
16. चाहे कोई मुझे जंगली कहे – जंगली – मोहम्मद रफ़ी

अभय शर्मा 29 अप्रैल 2017

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