Saira Bano said that “During the film’s shooting in Srinagar, I was unable to do a simple shot. Shammi saab took me aside and told me, what are you doing, why can’t you do this properly, why don’t concentrate and try harder. I tried again and this time I was able to give a good shot. I felt bad then but I understood later that he gave me shock therapy to get the best out of me.”
Kapoor, summoned as the ‘Elvis Presley of India’, joined the silver screen at a time when his elder brother Raj Kapoor, Dev Anand and Dilip Kumar were the controlled trio. He was an adaptable actor and starred in hits like ‘Tumsa Nahin Dekha’, ‘Dil Deke Dekho’, ‘Junglee’, ‘Dil Tera Diwana’, ‘Professor’, ‘China Town’, ‘Rajkumar’, ‘Kashmir Ki Kali’ and many more.
Actor Amitabh Bachchan tweeted on Sunday, “Shammi Kapoor ji passed away this morning at 5:15 am.. Rushing there now, the flamboyance and joie de verve of the Industry lost!”
Amitabh Bachchan added that “Shammi ji … An entire life full of optimism and happy spirit, caring loving to all … Now suddenly silent.”
He made his last appearance as an actor in the 2006 Govinda-starrer ‘Sandwich’. He also shot some scenes alongside Ranbir Kapoor for the to-be-released film ‘Rockstar’.