Over a year ago, my husband remarked, “You’ve done special weeks on Robert Mitchum and Tyrone Power. You’re also going to be doing one on Johnny Walker. But what about your favourite actor? Don’t you think you should be doing a Shammi Kapoor Week sometime?”
Of course, I said. I just wanted to time it well – in time for Shammiji’s 80th birthday, which would be on October 21st, 2011. That would be quite an occasion, and the right time for me to spend an entire week gushing about my favourite film star.
Back in May this year, I’d figured out what posts I’d feature in this week; what songs would certainly be part of my ‘Shammi Kapoor top ten songs’ list – even what my blog header would look like for those seven days of celebration. I’d intended to e-mail Mr Kapoor a link so that (hopefully) he’d drop by my blog and have a look at all the adulation. Sadly, Shammi Kapoor passed away on August 14th this year, just about two months short of his 80th birthday.
Anyway, here’s to Shammi Kapoor Week. As I mentioned to a friend sometime back, when I’m in the mood for good cinema, for introspection and thought and the appreciation of good filmmaking, I may turn to a Bimal Roy or Guru Dutt film. Pyaasa, Sujata, Parakh, Sahib Bibi aur Ghulam. But sometimes, when I’m too depressed and too exhausted to think, all I want is a film that makes me smile. A film that’s entertaining, fun, undemanding. In other words, a Shammi Kapoor film.
Over the coming week, this blog will be focussing on Shammi Kapoor: reviews of some of his films, some lists, etc. But: to begin with, some Shammi eye candy. Screen shots of him, irresistible grin and melting eyes and all. Enjoy!
To start with, two stills from one of my favourite Shammi Kapoor films, Dil Deke Dekho. This one had me taking screen caps frantically:
… and in a close-up, from Vallah Kya Baat Hai (1962):
And, to finish, a still from Mujrim (1958):
Hang in there: one new Shammi Kapoor post will be coming up every day of this special week!