Shammi Kapoor was a one-of-kind actor. He was called the Elvis Presley of Bollywood for his strange and unique dance movements. It is said that most of the steps were choreographed by him. That could be the reason why nobody else could replicate it and even when they did, it was a poorer version. These zany dance steps and some killer songs made Shammi Kapoor a star after not getting much success initially in his career. One of the most important and successful films of his career was Teesri Manzil. Shammi Kapoor Birth Anniversary: 5 Banger Songs That Make Us Groove Even Today.
He played a drummer-singer Rocky who gets embroiled in a conspiracy. RD Burman's fantastic tunes, Asha Parekh's svelte performance and Vijay Anand's stealthy direction along with Kapoor's unique acting skills made Naseer Hussain's Teesri Manzil a must watch film. But did you know Shammi Kapoor wasn't the first choice but Dev Anand?
In fact, Dev Anand had even done the photoshoot for Teesri Manzil where he can be seen playing the drums.
Dev Anand at photo shoot for 'Teesri Manzil'. He was later replaced by Shammi Kapoor.
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Aamir Khan recounted the reason behind Dev Anand's ouster and Shammi Kapoor's inclusion in the film at the book launch of Akshay Manwani’s Music Masti Modernity. He revealed that at the engagement party of yesteryear actress Sadhna, Anand and Hussain had an altercation. "Apparently, Nasir saheb overheard him saying that, ‘Nasir jo hai woh mere saath badi film bana raha hai, colour film hai aur Goldie ko usne koi black and white film de di hai. Koi naya ladka aaya hai, Rajesh karke." [Nasir is doing a big colour film with me and he has given Goldie a black and white film with some new chap Rajesh]. Shammi Kapoor, Dharmendra, Asha Parekh's Vintage Autographed Pictures And Letters To Fans Are Going Viral Thanks To This Twitter Thread.
Aamir continued that the next day, his uncle Hussain called Vijay Anand to his office and asked him to direct Teesri Manzil. He took over Baharon Ke Sapne instead and confirmed to him that Dev Anand will not be part of the film.
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