Friday, June 3, 2011

Kapoor Khazana: Dance Like a Kapoor Playlist! *Shammi Kapoor*

Part II of my 'Dance Like a Kapoor' Playlist is dedicated to the one and only Shammi Kapoor! Born Shamsher Raj Kapoor, Shammi is the 2nd born son of Raj Kapoor. Throughout the 50s and 60s, Shammi was one of the most desirable heroes in Hindi Films. The combination of Shammi's classically handsome features, unique style, charisma and the magic of Mohammed Rafi's voice as his most consistent playback singer packed a powerful punch.

Shammi is incredibly special. You cannot help but fall in love with him -- especially when you watch him dance and smoulder (Yes, I think Shammi smoulders better than Shashi)! And his most popular songs are STILL hits -- they can still get the older generation (and a fair amount of the younger generation too - if they're cool enough to get into the retro stuff) on the dance floor!

Here are some of my favorites:

*I am going to refrain from commenting on each song because really, how many times and different ways can I say how handsome and charming he is?*

Aaja Aaja Mein Hoon Pyar Tera - Teesri Manzil (1966)

O Hasina Zulfonwali - Teesri Manzil (1966)

Dil Tera Deewana Hai Sanam - Dil Tera Deewana (1962)

An Evening In Paris - An Evening in Paris (1967)

Chahe Koi Mujhe Junglee Kahe - Junglee (1961)

Aaj Kal Tere Mere Pyar Mein Charche - Brahmachari (1968)

Govinda Aala Re - Bluff Master (1963)

Sar Par Topi - Tumsa Nahin Dekha (1957)

Baar Baar Dekho - Chinatown (1962)

Suku Suku - Junglee (1961)

 And a little bonus feature - for anyone who grew up with Hindi Films in the 80s - there's a huge gap obviously between the songs above and this one, but of all the songs Shammi was featured in after he began taking 'elder' and 'supporting' roles (going into his phase of being one of my two favorite 'cuddly uncles' - the other being the fabulous Amjad Khan), this one sticks out the most in my memory! There's a lot of subtext going on in this song, but I'll let you figure it out on your own! Enjoy this fun song featuring Shammi and Padmini Kohlapuri.


Saat Saheliya - Vidhaata (1982)

Next up in my 'Dance Like a Kapoor' series ... Shashi Kapoor or 'The Shash' as I like to refer to him! Also in the line-up, an onslaught of Rishi Kapoor pyar!

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