Shammi Kapoor, the legendary actor of Indian Cinema, is remembered even today for not only his romantic roles but also the classic songs that he has given Bollywood. His dance numbers were a hit back then and even now. Born on October 21, 1931 to Prithviraj Kapoor and Ramsarni Kapoor, he was one of the most successful actors of his times. "Aaja Aaja Main Hoon Pyar Tera”, "Aai Aai Ya Suku Suku”, "O Haseena Zulfonwale Jane Jahan” are some of the hit songs of Shammi Kapoor one can't stop grooving to even today. Shammi Kapoor 8th Death Anniversary: Rishi Kapoor Remembers His Uncle, Shares a Perfect Tweet on the Legend!
For those who don’t know, Shammi Kapoor was known to choreograph dance numbers for his own songs. From the late 1950s till the early 1970s, he was the only actor who was excellent when it came to dancing and hence he was known as the dancing hero of Bollywood. And that’s how he earned the name, Elvis Presley of India. On his 88th birth anniversary, let’s take a look at some of his iconic dance numbers that make us tap our feet even today
Aaja Aaja Main Hoon Pyar Tera
The song "Aaja Aaja Main Hoon Pyar Tera” is from the film Teesri Manzil. It not only had some great music but indeed one of the tracks that were highly influenced by western music. The song, which was picturised on Shammi Kapoor and Asha Parekh, was choreographed by Herman Benjamin.
O Haseena Zulfonwali Jaane Jahan
The movie Teesri Manzil had another hit dance number, "O Haseena Zulfonwali Jaane Jahan”. It had two great dancers together – Helen and Shammi Kapoor. It was again choreographed by Herman Benjamin.
Baar Baar Dekho
Well, to have a club number in those days was indeed a major surprise and a treat for all cinephiles. The song "Baar Baar Dekho” from China Town was a peppy classic.
Aaj Kal Tere Mere Pyar Ke Charche
"Aaj Kal Tere Mere Pyar Ke Charche” turned out to be a hit party song in the 60s. This track from Brahmachari starred Shammi Kapoor and Pran. Reportedly, this song was earlier rejected, but was later included in the album.
Badan Pe Sitare Lapete Huye
The best for the last! "Badan Pe Sitare Lapete Huye” is one of the classic numbers from the movie Prince. This song showed how Shammi Kapoor was trying to woo his heroine Vyjayanthimala. This is one of the unforgettable songs of Kapoor!
Shammi Kapoor is one of those rare gems of Bollywood who will stay in our hearts forever. From his charming on-screen antics to his unique dancing style, Kapoor was a heartthrob! He was last seen on the big screens in his nephew Ranbir Kapoor starrer Rockstar.