Shammi Kapoor is considered to be ‘Elvis Presley’ of Indian cinema. Today is his 89th birth anniversary on October 21. On 21 October 1931, Shammi Kapoor was born in Mumbai, his father Prithviraj Kapoor named Shammi Kapoor at that time as ‘Shamsher Raj Kapoor’, but later he became Shammi Kapoor. Shammi Kapoor maintained his dominance in the Bollywood industry for a full 5 decades and during this long period, he worked in about 200 films. But do you know how successful actress Geeta Bali (Geeta Bali) agreed to marry her after Shammi Kapoor’s frequent flop films and how she encouraged Shammi Sahab after marriage?
Actually, there was a time when Shammi Kapoor had decided to say goodbye to Bollywood. Leaving his college, as a junior actor, Shammi started theater with father Prithviraj. His hard work was appreciated by the people and in the year 1953 he got his first film ‘Jeevan Jyoti’, but Shammi could not walk. He was established as an actor who imitated Raj Kapoor’s performance. However, he got the benefit of the name Kapoor and despite many films being flopped, the industry never rejected him.
A condition was laid for Geeta Bali’s wedding. Meanwhile, Shammi married her co-star Geeta Bali in ‘Miss Coca Cola’. At that time Geeta was a bigger artist than Shammi, but she hoped that Shammi’s star would shine one day. During the shooting, one day suddenly she decided to marry Shammi Kapoor. Geeta Bali placed a bet in front of Shammi that she will marry today. After this, both of them went to a nearby temple and tied the wedding bond in full filmy style by applying lipstick on demand.
The fate was not changing even after marriage, Shammi’s luck did not shine even after marriage and he flopped with on-screen wife Geeta Bali. Shammi’s films, which appeared alongside Geeta in the film ‘Rangit Raaten’, were disappointed when they started to flop one after the other. Shammi began to think that acting was not for him. In this disappointment, he told Geeta one day that if his next film flopped, he would take up the job of a manager in Assam’s tea garden after retiring from films.
This film turned into a turning point. Geeta Bali kept saying that Shammi has all the qualities to be a star. She constantly encouraged him. The film ‘Tumsa Nahi Dekha’, which Nasir Hussain was producing. Nasir Hussain, who wrote Dev Anand writing films, made ‘Tumsa Nahi Dekha’ as a director, for which he played a bet on Shammi Kapoor.
Shammi Kapoor broke from Geeta Bali’s death. Shammi Kapoor’s first wife was actress Geeta Bali, with whom she had two children, Kanchan and Mikki. But Geeta Bali died in 1960 due to smallpox. Shammi Kapoor was deeply shocked by the death of his love, after which he started living with Gumsoom. His health was also badly affected, he became very fat and his career was also affected. However, Shammi Kapoor later got married to Rani Nila Devi of Bhavnagar at the behest of her family members.
When Shammi Saheb himself said, ‘I don’t want to look back from here’
Shammi then said in an interview that the young audience was liking my work and I started seeing them as heroes. That film was very important, for me and maybe for all of us. I knew that now I do not have to look back from here. After this film, Shammi Kapoor’s films started doing amazing business and became an audience base. Along with films like Beast, Junglee, Professor, Dil Deke Dekho, he is still the hit hero of Bollywood super hit films.