Shammi Kapoor Age, Wife, Family, Biography, Death Cause & More

Shammi Kapoor

Full NameShamsher Raj Kapoor
NicknameElvis Presley of India
ProfessionsActor and Director
Famous ForRomcoms, 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 ColourBrown
Hair ColourBlack
Personal Life
Date of Birth21 October 1931
BirthplaceMumbai, Maharashtra
Date of Death14 August 2011
Place of DeathMumbai
Age (at the time of death) 80 Years
Death CauseChronic kidney disease
Zodiac sign/Sun signLibra
SignatureShammi Kapoor's Signature
HometownKolkata (India)
SchoolsSt. Joseph's Convent, Don Bosco
New Era School (Mumbai)
College/UniversityNot Known
Educational QualificationMatric
DebutFilm: Jeevan Jyoti (directed by Mahesh Kaul) (1953)
TV: Shikast (Sony TV) (1996)
CastePunjabi Kshatriya
Food HabitNon-Vegetarian
AddressMumbai, Maharashtra
HobbiesPlaying musical instruments
Awards/Honours1968 : 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 StatusMarried
Affairs/GirlfriendsNadia Gamal (Egyptian belly dancer and actress, 1953-55)
Bina Ramani (socialite, 1968)
Mumtaz (Indian film actress, 1968)
Shammi Kapoor With Mumtaz
Marriage Dates1955 and 1969
Wife/SpouseFirst Wife: Geeta Bali (1955-1965)
Shammi Kapoor With His Wife Geeta Bali
Shammi Kapoor With His Family
Second Wife: Neela Devi Gohil (1969)
Shammi Kapoor With Wife Neela Devi Gohil
ChildrenSon- Aditya Raj Kapoor (born-1956) (businessman)
Shammi Kapoor's Son Aditya Raj Kapoor With His Wife Priti
Daughter- Kanchan Desai (born-1961) (married to Ketan Desai,
son of the Indian producer and director Lt. Manmohan Desai)
Shammi Kapoor's Daughter Kanchan Desai
ParentsFather- Prithviraj Kapoor (director, producer and actor) (1906-1972)
Shammi Kapoor's Father Prithviraj Kapoor
Mother- Ramsarni Devi Kapoor (1908-1972)
Shammi Kapoor's Mother Ramsarni Devi Kapoor (1908-1972)
The Kapoor Family - Raj Kapoor and Shammi Kapoor (standing); Prithviraj Kapoor with Randhir Kapoor on his lap and Shashi Kapoor (sitting)
SiblingsBrothers- Raj Kapoor (Indian actor and director) (1924-1988)
Shammi Kapoor's Brother Raj Kapoor
Shashi Kapoor (Indian actor) (1938-2017)
Shammi Kapoor's Brother Shashi Kapoor (1938-2017)
Nandi Kapoor (died-1931), Devi Kapoor (died-1931)
Sister- Urmila Sial Kapoor
Shammi Kapoor's Sister Urmila Sial Kapoor
Favourite Things
Favourite FoodFrench Haute Cuisine
Favourite ActorAmitabh Bachchan
Favourite ActressesRajshree, Sharmila Tagore, and Asha Parekh
Favourite FilmTumsa Nahi Dekha (1957)
Favourite MusiciansShankar–Jaikishan and OP Nayyar
Favourite Singer Mohammad Rafi
Style Quotient
Cars CollectionBuick Super, Desoto, Belair, Impala, Chevy Intercontinental Convertible, Ford Thunderbird, Sunbeam Alpine, Malibu, Buick BMY 3009
Bike CollectionTriumph
Money Factor
Net Worth Not Known
Shammi Kapoor

Some Lesser Known Facts About Shammi Kapoor

  • Did Shammi Kapoor smoke?: Yes Shammi Kapoor
  • Did Shammi Kapoor drink alcohol?: Yes
  • He belonged to Pathan Hindu family.
  • In 1930, his father Prithviraj Kapoor came to Bombay to start a career in the film industry.
  • In 1931, his brother Devi died due to pneumonia and another brother Nandi also died in the same year due to the swallowing of poison (rat pills) strewn in the garden.
  • In 1948, he worked as a junior artist, on ₹50 monthly salary, in his father Prithviraj Kapoor’s theatrical company for more than 4 years.
  • In 1955, he met his future wife Geeta Bali during the shooting of the movie ‘Rangeen Raaten.’
  • His wife Geeta Bali died due to smallpox in 1965.
  • In 1968, during the shooting of the film Brahmachari, he felt close intimacy for an Indian film actress Mumtaz and proposed her for marriage, but she refused him politely as he demanded her to give up her film career.
  • He was the cousin of Jugal Kishore Mehra (singer), whereas Salma Agha (actress-singer) was his niece.
  • The films like Junglee, Kashmir Ki Kali, Rajkumar, Janwar, Teesri Manzil, Professor, Vidhaata, Dil Tera Diwana, An Evening in Paris, Dil Deke Dekho and Tumsa Nahi Dekha, Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya, Preet Na Jane Reet, College Girl, Prince, Budtameez, Sachaai, Latt Saheb, and Tumse Achha Kaun Hai proved super hit on the box office.
  • From the 1950s to the early 1970s, he was the only glamorous dancing hero in the Hindi film industry and earned the name ‘Elvis Presley of India’ as he himself composed the dancing steps for the songs starring him.
  • In the 1970s, he could not continue his film career as a romantic hero due to his overweight, and Andaz (1971) was his final such movie.
  • He proved to be a successful supporting actor as Saira Banu‘s father in the movie Zameer (1974) and Amitabh Bachchan’s foster father in Parvarish.
  • According to Shammi, it was comfortable and easy for him to work with the film actresses- Rajshree, Sharmila Tagore, and Asha Parekh.
  • He directed two films Manoranjan (1974) and Bundle Baaz (1976), which did not get successful.
  • He also acted in some television series like ‘Shikast’ (Sony TV) in 1996, ‘Dastaan-E-Hatim Tai’ (DD Metro) in 1996, ‘Chattan’ (Zee TV) in 1997, and ‘Main Anari Tu Anari’ (DD Metro) in 1998.
  • He was the chairman of Internet Users Community of India (IUCI) and also set up the internet organization- ‘Ethical Hackers Association.’
  • Shammi liked to share the stories of his career and family with his fans through self-made online videos.
  • He was a staunch follower of Haidakhan Babaji from Uttarakhand.
  • His best friend in the film industry was Amitabh Bachchan.
  • Imtiaz Ali‘s directorial venture ‘Rockstar’ was his last movie in which he acted.
  • On 14 August 2011, he died due to chronic renal failure in Breach Candy Hospital, Mumbai.
  • He worked in more than 50 films as the lead actor and appeared in over 20 films as a supporting actor.