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Shammi Kapoor:The Game Changer
Shammi Kapoor:The Game Changer





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Details for Shammi Kapoor:The Game Changer

Shammi Kapoor was an absolute original, who redefined the profile of the Hindi film hero in the late �50s and cast him in a unique,highly individualistic mould. He was a farcry from the self-righteous �hero� of the time. He broke the existing rules, made his own.After a spell of initial shock the audiences went berserk over his machismo, the roguish demeanour and the flamboyance with whichhe sang and danced. And he became the first hero to break into the formidable cordon of the Big Three of the time: Raj Kapoor, DilipKumar and Dev Anand, who had dominated the scene unchallenged for more than a decade. Shammi�s uncanny sense of musicrevolutionised the song-and-dance routine which led to the evolution of a new genre of �musical romance�. Unfortunately, the criticsof the time failed to comprehend his highly individualistic style and swagger. And the way he violated the image of the conventionalhero of the time made them pass him over as a �freak�. Nevertheless, history hasn�t denied him his niche. As film scholar Dr. Punita Bhatt succinctly avers, �Shammi Kapoor represented the blending of unique elements rooted in time, place and his own talent. More important and less appreciated, is the fact that Shammi Kapoor�s contribution, like Dilip Kumar�s, has seeped into the mainstream of popular cinema in India, becoming a part of the larger tradition every actor is heir to. Jeetendra in the first phase of his career, Rajesh Khanna in early films like The Train and Aradhana and Rishi Kapoor on many occasions, are only a few of those in whom Shammi Kapoor�s influence was pronounced. In dozens of others it is less visible but there, nevertheless.�

About Rauf Ahmed

Journalist and film critic, RAUF AHMED has made a mark in mainstream print, film and television media. Starting out as a trainee at The Times of India, he joined the Free Press Journal as a Sub-Editor in the early 70s, rose to be the Features Editor, then Magazine Editor of the Sunday Journal. He later joined The Times of India Group as Editor of Filmfare. During his tenure, he was instrumental in relaunching the Filmfare Awards in a new format in 1990. 1n 1994, he returned to mainstream journalism as Chief of Bureau of the newly launched daily, The Asian Age, Mumbai. After a three-year stint, he moved to The Indian Express Group to edit the weekly Screen. He then joined The Zee Group as Founder Editor of a premium film magazine, Zee Premiere. In 2011, he was Content Advisor on a documentary, Bollywood: The Greatest Love Story Ever Told, produced by ShekharKapur for UTV and directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra. The documentary was the opening film at the Cannes Festival in 2011.


Rauf Ahmed is the author of Mehboob Khan: The Romance of History. He has also written on Dilip Kumar in Bollywoods Top 20: Superstars of Indian Cinema

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