Shammi Kapoor Biography

Shammi Kapoor Biography, Shammi Kapoor originally named Shamsher Raj Kapoor was a prominent Indian actor celebrated for his contributions to Hindi cinema. Regarded as a pinnacle figure in Indian film history, Kapoor’s illustrious career spanned over five decades, during which he graced the screen in more than 100 films. His exceptional talent earned him acclaim and recognition, including three prestigious Filmfare Awards, among them, one for Best Actor.

Shammi Kapoor Biography

Full Name Shamsher Raj Kapoor
Nickname Elvis Presley of India
Professions Actor and Director
Famous For Romcoms, supporting actor, dancing hero
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.) in centimeters– 180 cm
in meters– 1.80 m
in feet inches– 5’ 11”
Weight (approx.) in kilograms– 80 kg
in pounds– 176 lbs
Eye Colour Brown
Hair Colour Black
Personal Life
Date of Birth 21 October 1931
Birthplace Mumbai, Maharashtra
Date of Death 14 August 2011
Place of Death Mumbai
Age (at the time of death) 80 Years
Death Cause Chronic kidney disease
Zodiac sign/Sun sign Libra
Nationality Indian
Hometown Kolkata (India)
Schools St. Joseph’s Convent, Don Bosco
New Era School (Mumbai)
College/University Not Known
Educational Qualification Matric
Debut Film: Jeevan Jyoti (directed by Mahesh Kaul) (1953)
TV: Shikast (Sony TV) (1996)
Religion Hinduism
Caste Punjabi Kshatriya
Food Habit Non-Vegetarian
Address Mumbai, Maharashtra
Hobbies Playing musical instruments
Awards/Honours 1968 : Filmfare for Best Actor (Brahmachari)
1982 : Filmfare for Best Supporting Actor (Vidhata)
1995 : Filmfare Lifetime Achievement
1998 : Kalakar for contribution in Indian Cinema
1999 : Zee Cine for Lifetime Achievement
2001 : Star Screen Lifetime Achievement
2001 : Anandalok Lifetime Achievement
2002 : IIFA for invaluable contribution to the Indian cinema
2005 : Lifetime Achievement
2008 : Lifetime Achievement
Rashtriya Gaurav and Living Legend
Girls, Affairs and More
Marital Status Married
Affairs/Girlfriends Nadia Gamal
Bina Ramani
Marriage Dates 1955 and 1969
Wife/Spouse First Wife: Geeta Bali (1955-1965)
Second Wife: Neela Devi Gohil (1969)
Children Son– Aditya Raj Kapoor (born-1956) (businessman)
Daughter– Kanchan Desai (born-1961) (married to Ketan Desai,
son of the Indian producer and director Lt. Manmohan Desai)
Parents Father– Prithviraj Kapoor (director, producer and actor) (1906-1972)
Mother– Ramsarni Devi Kapoor (1908-1972)
Siblings Brothers– Raj Kapoor (Indian actor and director) (1924-1988)
Shashi Kapoor (Indian actor) (1938-2017)
Nandi Kapoor (died-1931), Devi Kapoor (died-1931)
Sister– Urmila Sial Kapoor
Favourite Things
Favourite Food French Haute Cuisine
Favourite Actor Amitabh Bachchan
Favourite Actresses Rajshree, Sharmila Tagore, and Asha Parekh
Favourite Film Tumsa Nahi Dekha (1957)
Favourite Musicians Shankar–Jaikishan and OP Nayyar
Favourite Singer Mohammad Rafi
Style Quotient
Cars Collection Buick Super, Desoto, Belair, Impala, Chevy Intercontinental Convertible, Ford Thunderbird, Sunbeam Alpine, Malibu, Buick BMY 3009
Bike Collection Triumph


Shammi Kapoor Early life and family

Shammi Kapoor Wife

Shamsher Raj Kapoor, known as Shammi Kapoor, entered the world in Bombay (now Mumbai) to Prithviraj Kapoor and Ramsharni Mehra Kapoor. Among Prithviraj’s three sons, Shammi was the middle child, with Raj Kapoor and Shashi Kapoor as his siblings, both renowned figures in Hindi cinema. Trilok Kapoor, the actor, was his uncle, while Surinder Kapoor, the producer and filmmaker, was his father’s first cousin. His family ties extended to Juggal Kishore Mehra, a singer, whose granddaughter is the famed actress-singer Salma Agha. Shammi’s nephews include actors Randhir and Rishi Kapoor, while his grandnephew is actor Ranbir Kapoor, and his grandnieces are actresses Karisma and Kareena Kapoor.

Despite his birth in Mumbai, Shammi spent a significant part of his early years in Calcutta (now Kolkata) due to his father’s engagements with New Theatres Studios. He received his Montessori education and Kindergarten schooling in Kolkata before returning to Bombay. There, he attended St. Joseph’s Convent (Wadala) and later Don Bosco School, concluding his matriculation at New Era School located at Hughes Road.

Shammi Kapoor Some Lesser Known Facts About 

  • Was Shammi Kapoor a smoker? Yes, Shammi Kapoor smoked.
  • Did Shammi Kapoor consume alcohol? Yes, he did.
  • He hailed from a Pathan Hindu family.
  • In 1930, Shammi Kapoor’s father, Prithviraj Kapoor, ventured to Bombay to pursue a career in the film industry.
  • Tragedy struck in 1931 when Shammi Kapoor lost his brother Devi to pneumonia, and another brother, Nandi, succumbed to poisoning (rat pills) scattered in the garden.
  • Starting in 1948, Shammi Kapoor spent over four years as a junior artist in his father Prithviraj Kapoor’s theatrical company, earning a monthly salary of ₹50.
  • During the filming of the movie ‘Rangeen Raaten’ in 1955, Shammi Kapoor crossed paths with his future wife, Geeta Bali. Unfortunately, Geeta Bali passed away in 1965 due to smallpox.
  • In 1968, while filming ‘Brahmachari,’ Shammi Kapoor developed feelings for Indian film actress Mumtaz and proposed marriage. However, she politely declined his proposal as he requested her to abandon her film career.

Shammi Kapoor Career 

Shammi Kapoor made his entry into Hindi cinema in 1953 with the film “Jeewan Jyoti,” which featured Shashikala and Leela Mishra. Initially, Kapoor’s career faced challenges in the early 1950s as he often played supporting roles alongside established actresses in movies focused on women. He appeared alongside Madhubala in “Rail Ka Dibba” (1953) and “Naqab” (1955), with Nutan in “Laila Majnu,” with Shyama in “Thokar,” and with Nalini Jaywant in “Hum Sab Chor Hain” and “Mehbooba.”

He also starred with Suraiya in “Shama Parwana” (1954), Meena Kumari in the comedy “Mem Sahib” (1956), and in thrillers like “Chor Bazar” (1954), as well as the tragic love story “Mirza Sahiban” (1957) opposite Shyama. Despite his efforts, between 1953 and 1957, none of his films gained him widespread recognition.

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