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Do you know Shammi Kapoor was a flop dancer?

August 14, 2013 12:17:57 PM IST
By Mansoor Khan, Glamsham Editorial
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Yoon To Humne Lakh Haseen Dekhe Hain ... Tumsa Nahin Dekha.

This song penned by Majrooh Sultanpuri aptly describes the sensation and dynamic yesteryear actor Shammi Kapoor in nutshell. Glamsham.Com pays homage to the legendary actor who passed away on August 14, 2011 and shares an interesting anecdote about his passion for music and dance and the actor's own confession that he was initially a flop dancer!


Shammi Kapoor was India's first hero, who revolutionized the trend of dancing in Bollywood. It was not a mean achievement because during that era dancing was limited to females only and any man attempting dancing was ridiculed as other than females only eunuchs danced! But Shammi Kapoor rebelled against the society and gave dancing a new dimension in Indian cinema. He transformed the image of Indian hero with his frenetic and vivacious dance, which was later picked up by other actors like Jeetendra, Rishi Kapoor, Mithun Chakraborty, Govinda etc. Today dance has become literally a backbone of film industry; the number of dance reality shows on TV is a pointer towards its popularity.

Though Shammi Kapoor started the dancing trend in Bollywood readers will be surprised to know that Shammi Kapoor had no formal training in dancing. In fact he was a flop dancer initially but had intense passion for dancing. In an interview he candidly confessed, ''Frankly speaking I could never dance comfortably hence I even joined dancing classes to perfect the art but failed miserably and was booted out for the coaching class.'' He continued, ''Nevertheless I did not lose heart as I had strong sense of music and rhythm and my legs use to automatically boogie to the tune of the music, that's different story that I did not followed the steps of conventional dancing. ''

Later when Shammi Kapoor, was given a new look in TUMSA NAHIN DEKHA by filmmaker Nasir Hussain, he developed his own style of dancing inspired by Hollywood's Elvis Presley, The King of Rock and Roll. His dance became such a craze that believe it or not many actresses envied his style of dancing and could not match his vitality!


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