Affectionately called the Elvis Presley of India, Bollywood superstar Shammi Kapoor was born on October 20, 1931.
Shammi started his acting career with the 1953 film, Jeevan Jyoti but the film didn’t run any well at the box-office. However, in 1957 came the film, Tumsa Nahin Dekha, which shot Shammi Kapoor to fame. Because of his stardom, Shammi Kapoor was linked-up with many leading ladies of the industry as is always the case with many Bollywood superstars.
Shammi Kapoor had a super hit career and his love life was no different. He had fallen head over heels in love with actress, Geeta Bali. The duo had met each other while shooting for Kishor Sharma’s Rangeen Raatein (1955) in the romantic hill station of Ranikhet. When Shammi had realised that she is the ‘love of his life’, Geeta had taken her own sweet time and had rejected multiple proposals from him until August of 1955.
However, Bali had melted in front of Shammi and had accepted his love and within four months of being together they had decided to tie the knot.
Shammi Kapoor and Geeta Bali had gotten married in 1955. The following year, in 1956, Geeta ji and Shammi ji became parents to their son, Aditya Raj Kapoor. In the year 1961, the family of three had gotten completed with the arrival of a baby girl. However, their happiness was short lived as four years later, Geeta ji had contracted smallpox while shooting for Rano, a film based on the novella Ek Chadar Maili Si.
On January 21, 1965, Geeta Bali died at the age of 34.
‘Badan pe Sitaare Lapette Hue, O Jane tamanna kidhar jaa rahi ho’, this song has a special place in everyone’s heart. Who can forget the person associated with this song? Shammi Kapoor gave an energetic performance on the screen. On August 14, 2011, the legendary actor passed away.