Shammi Kapoor was one of the legendary actors of his days who would not just make the viewers laugh with his charming personality but also enchant them into a whirlpool of emotions with his spectacular performances.

Shammi Kapoor (b. Shamsher Raj Kapoor; October 21, 1931 – August 14, 2011) was an actor and director of Indian films. From the mid-1950s to the early 1970s, he was a prominent lead actor in Hindi cinema and also made a debut in Tamil cinema with Amaran’s 1992 blockbuster crime drama. In 1968, for his performance in Brahmachari and the 1982 Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor for Vidhaata, he was awarded the Filmfare Best Actor Award. He was so alluring that millions of girls went crazy about him. Shammi Kapoor kept everyone hooked with his blue eyes and his style.

Kapoor was admitted to the chronic renal failure at Breach Candy Hospital, Mumbai on 7 August 2011. For the next few days, his condition remained serious and he was kept on the support of the ventilator. He died on 14 August 2011, 05:15 am IST, of chronic renal failure, aged 79. The funeral was held on Monday, 15 August at Banganga cremation ground, Malabar Hill, Mumbai. His son, Aditya, performed the last rites at the cremation. The whole Kapoor family, including his younger brother Shashi Kapoor, sister-in-law Krishna Kapoor, grand-nephew Ranbir Kapoor, nephews Rishi, Randhir and Rajiv, Randhir’s wife Babita and grand-nieces Karishma Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor, were present to pay their last respects.

Bollywood personalities Vinod Khanna, Shatrughan Sinha, Subhash Ghai, Amitabh Bachchan, Ramesh Sippy, Danny Denzongpa, Prem Chopra, Anil Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan, Govinda, Aamir Khan, Rani Mukherjee, Shahrukh Khan, Kabir Bedi, and Priyanka Chopra were among those who attended the funeral. To honor Kapoor, a brass statue of his was unveiled at Walk of the Stars at Bandra Bandstand in Mumbai.

Writer: Manvi Nautiyal

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