ISBN: 9789385609626 Pages: 279 Size: 152*228mm Language: English Book Binding: Hardback/ Hardcover Weight: 600 gm.
About The Book
Shammi Kapoor was an absolute original, who redefined the profile of the Hindi filmhero in the late â50s and cast him in a unique,
highly individualistic mould. He was a farcry from the self-righteous âheroâ 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 which
he sang and danced. And he became the first hero to break into the formidable cordon of the Big Three of the time: Raj Kapoor, Dilip
Kumar and Dev Anand, who had dominated the scene unchallenged for more than a decade. Shammiâs uncanny sense of music
revolutionised the song-and-dance routine which led to the evolution of a new genre of âmusical romanceâ. Unfortunately, the critics
of the time failed to comprehend his highly individualistic style and swagger. And the way he violated the image of the conventional
hero of the time made them pass him over as a âfreakâ. Nevertheless, history hasnât denied him his niche. As film scholar Dr. Punita Bhatt succinctly avers, âShammi 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 Kapoorâs contribution, like Dilip Kumarâs, 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 Kapoorâs influence was pronounced. In dozens of others it is less visible but there, nevertheless.â
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 Bollywood's Top 20: Superstars of Indian