Shammi Kapoor, the dancing star of the 1950s and 1960s who revolutionised the image of Hindi film heroes with his carefree and flamboyance, died in Mumbai Sunday (August 14) morning. He was 79. His son Aditya Raj Kapoor said the funeral is set for Monday (August 15) as the family is awaiting the arrival of the legend's grandson, Vishwapratap Raj Kapoor.
"We are basically waiting for my son to come from America. He will reach Mumbai tonight (Sunday). He left yesterday (Saturday) night. That time we had told him that dad is very critical. But before he could make it here, dad passed away," said Aditya who was at his father's side when he breathed his last.
A member of the famed Kapoor family, the actor passed away at the Breach Candy Hospital at 5 am. He was admitted to the hospital a week ago for renal failure. He was 79.
He was the second of three sons born to the iconic Prithviraj Kapoor. His equally versatile actor brothers were Raj Kapoor and Shashi Kapoor.
While struggling to create a niche for himself in the filmdom, which used to vouch for his legendary father and talented elder brother Raj, Shammi met Geeta Bali in 1955 on the sets of 'Rangeen Raaten' and four months later they tied the knot. They had a son, Aditya, and a daughter, Kanchan.
Geeta died of smallpox in 1965, leaving Shammi with two small children. In 1969, he married Neela Devi Gohil from the erstwhile royal family of Bhavnagar in Gujarat.
Aditya remembers his father as a "happy and lively person" and has hoped his fans will pray his soul rests in peace.
"He was a very happy and lively person. His life was going good. But he was on dialasis and he died of kidney failure. "He was unwell for sometime... please pray that his soul rests in peace. I miss him and I know so will you," he told reporters at the Blue Haven Society in Malabar Hill in South Mumbai.
"Today is family day. People will come and see him. Tomorrow morning around 9 a.m. we will cremate him at the Ban Ganga funeral ground."
Amitabh Bachchan, Anupam Kher, Imran Khan and his wife Avantika, Farah Khan and industrialist Anil Ambani arrived at the Kapoor residence at the Blue Haven Society to pay their last respects to the star.
توفى الفنان شامى كابور بطل الرقص من سنة 1950 ... 1960
يعتبر من الفنيني الذين احدثو ثورة فى عالم السينما الهندية