Sunday, 14 August 2011
A legend's demise
A post on my friend's Facebook page had me reeling with sadness. The great Shammi Kapoor, the legendary actor, the famous dancer and the romantic hero passed away at the Breach Candy Hospital in south Mumbai at 5.15am on Saturday, where he was admitted within the last week. The 79 year old actor passed away due to renal failure and was on a ventilator for three or four days. He was having chest infection, which he had had for the last one or two years. He had been undergoing dialysis for the last six or seven years but developed complications.
You know sometimes, we do not know what we will miss until we have lost them. Shammi Kapoor for me was one of those things I didn't think I would miss. In fact, truth be told his dance moves used to irk me to no end but in a way it provided me with a good laugh when ever I needed one.
He used to have this annoying tilt to his head which would cause the little 'Joe Jambul' on his head to flip incessantly. It was hilarious to watch him. But that very move, melted hearts back in the day. He was a heart throb, the lean machine with an adorable smile, so I've been told.
Well, me missing him may not be that important but the Bollywood film industry has a lot to say about the joyful Shammi Kapoor. Twitter has been alive with condolence messages from actors, producers, directors and musicians. Shammi who hailed from the famous Kapoor family was known for his love of music and dance. He was also one of the pioneering actors who took to Twitter and Facebook like fish to water.
Preity Zinta tweeted '2 my all time favourite Shammi Kapoor, my childhood crush & my reason to Yahoo.. May your soul rest in peace! You will live in R hearts FOREVER!
Actress Genelia from famed Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na tweeted 'RIP shammiji,,had d good fortune of meeting him during jaane tu's audio release, so glad I met him, truly a legend n 2day its a gr8 loss 2us'
'One of finest and strongest men I knew...we will truly miss you shammi uncle....RIP....' read director Karan Johar's tweet.
So everyone... let us take a final bow as Shammi Kapoor leaves the stage forever... RIP!!!
Watch Shammi Kapoor's Video