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As he is turning 51 today,if I may say so, he said with a smilea cheeky one before posing for the cameras For all the latest Delhi News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Shaikh Ayaz | Mumbai | Updated: October 21 2016 12:18 pm Today is Shammi Kapoor’s birthday and also the 50th anniversary of Teesri Manzil Vijay Anand’s Teesri Manzil (1966) hailed by many cineastes as Shammi’s finest film Top News As any film buff will tell you acting can either be a method or spontaneous Dilip Kumar personifies the first example while Dev Anand can be called a spontaneous actor And then you have the Shammi Kapoor style of acting which defies easy categorisation At best you can describe it as freestyle When you watch Vijay Anand’s Teesri Manzil (1966) hailed by many cineastes as Shammi’s finest film it is hard to miss the star’s contrasting changing-by-the-second reflexes as if he’s summoning all the facial muscles in the service of ‘performing’ In the early train station sequences with Asha Parekh he’s smiling compulsively and all whacky one moment Seconds later he turns serious Then mock-angry It looks like he’s miming Or is he simply naughtily flirting with Asha Parekh For all of ‘lover boy’ Shammi’s attempts at romance and comedy the fact is that Teesri Manzil is a gripping thriller that begins with shots of a car moving at breakneck speed A woman gets off and the camera follows her revealing the front of a building’s window shot against a dark backdrop inspired by Hollywood noir Bam With a loud thud the woman’s body lands on the ground from the third floor Curious bystanders throng the corpse in no time The camera later surveys the lurking shadowy figures that populate the frame stopping – and lingering awhile – at Shammi Kapoor’s character Rocky perhaps dropping an accusing finger at him So what exactly is the debonair Shammi Kapoor doing in this crime thriller full of pulpy intrigue murder and dark shadows For one there are the dames and there are songs – a terra firma where no Lothario worth his salt can dare take on Shammi Kapoor And how differently Dev Anand the original choice for the role would have done it To be sure Dev Anand did have the adequate noir experience having acted in a number of what came to be known as Bombay noirs of the 1950s Films like CID Baazi and Taxi Driver spring quickly to mind As Vijay or ‘Goldie’ was his younger brother they had worked together in the past We can only speculate that the character of band drummer Rocky would have been relatively easy for Dev Anand The plot is typical of noir Rocky’s friend has committed suicide Enter her sister (played by Asha Parekh) who wants to solve the puzzle and is immediately suspicious of Rocky Frankly seeing the film today it’s hard to envisage anyone else in the shoes of Rocky Shammi does full justice to the character who the audience till the very end cannot a put a finger on Watch him in the Helen murder scene He gives it his all When Shammi wanted to be serious he could do it efficiently Teesri Manzil has many instances where you see him at the top of his game With his background in theatre the 60s generation’s least appreciated actor often displayed the ability to be versatile appearing silly and whimsical one minute and emotional and solemn the very next Hailing from a family of performers he had no pretensions about acting In fact he never gave himself enough credit for his success Because of his commercial leanings he is seen by the intelligentsia as the King of Ham But just as he was a picture of Buddha in the high points of his success he was equally Zen-like when faced with criticism Funnily as is the case with all Shammi Kapoor films he packs more ‘acting’ into his songs than an average actor would reserve for a scene And as with most Shammi starrers Teesri Manzil’s songs were a rage It was RD Burman’s big break and he lived up to the faith reposed in him One song from Teesri Manzil that has painful personal resonance for Shammi was Tumne Mujhe Dekha Actress Geeta Bali Shammi’s wife had died during the filming of Teesri Manzil causing Shammi to slide into depression After three months he got up one morning and told producer and close friend Nasir Hussain “Let’s resume work” The first song he shot after Geeta’s death was Tumne Mujhe Dekha Watching it today you cannot miss the suffering and pathos on his face Few Hindi cinema stars carried off a song like Shammi did Music was crucial to his success A trained classical singer he often sat with Mohammed Rafi on playback and music settings When Rafi howled ‘Yahoo’ it looked like it was Shammi’s voice So inseparable were the two that when Rafi died Shammi was in a Vrindavan ashram A man came running towards him and said “Shammiji you have lost your voice” It took a while before Shammi realised that Rafi had passed away Part of Shammi’s charm is that there’s nobody in Hindi cinema you can compare him to The least you can do is try and analyse his influences Long perceived as a dancing romantic star with macho sexuality and urbane image you could call him an intoxicating cocktail of Dev Anand James Dean and Elvis Presley and yet he was very much an original (It’s interesting to note that in the early part of his career a phase when he famously gave 19 flops at a stretch the press damned him as a “Raj Kapoor copy” But he was to quickly make his own style) During the Swinging Sixties he embodied the changing India with hits starting from Tumsa Nahin Dekha in 1957 all the way to Junglee China Town Bluffmaster Kashmir Ki Kali and An Evening in Paris in the 1960s While his elder brother Raj Kapoor was a Nehruvian hero projecting the moral and dreamy-eyed qualities of a young virtuous independent and hopeful India Shammi was the opposite Raj Kapoor’s simpleton characters arrive into the big city and find themselves tainted and corrupted by urban vice whereas Shammi preferred picturesque hills over the big city particularly Kashmir He wrapped himself in Western clothing that he personally shopped from vacations abroad and introduced cool new ways of glamour and romance to the socialist India of the 1960s His energetic highly Westernised style exuberant dance and mischievous romance forever changed the idiom of a Hindi film hero Shammi gave birth to a generation of dancing stars – from Jeetendra to Govinda and Joy Mukherjee to Rishi Kapoor If Shah Rukh Khan reminds one of Dilip Kumar you could say there are feral streaks of the Junglee star in Salman Khan and to an extent Aamir Khan The rebel Kapoor also has an unlikely fan in Naseeruddin Shah “My films weren’t topical or had any message for anyone It was mostly boy-meets-girl and in the process the hero sings songs to woo her Into this mix in pops someone like Pran who had to be overcome for a happy ending” that’s how the star himself once summed up his films Today is Shammi Kapoor’s birth anniversary He passed away in 2011 after being on dialysis for much of his later life Incidentally Teesri Manzil also turned 50 earlier this year What better day to celebrate the freewheeling jumping somersaulting gliding Yahooing rebellious star who along with Dev Anand set the tone for the modern Bollywood hero (Shaikh Ayaz is a writer and journalist based in Mumbai He also paints) For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Top NewsWritten by C Raja Mohan | New Delhi | Published: October 10 2011 11:03 am Related News While India has been talking about assisting Vietnam in the development of a civilian nuclear power programme for more than a decadeother countriesespecially Russia and Japanhave moved in much quicker The visit of the Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang to India this week provides an opportunity for Delhi to make amends In announcing their strategic partnership in 2007Delhi and Hanoi expressed satisfaction at the ‘growing bilateral cooperation between the two countries in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy’ Since thenVietnam announced an ambitious plan to build nuclear power plants in the country In the next two decadesVietnam hopes to bring at least eight nuclear power plants on line Nuclear power is likely to contribute more than 10 per cent of the total electric power generation in Vietnam by 2030 While nuclear power development appears to have been set back by the nuclear accident at Fukushima last MarchHanoi is determined to press ahead In an interesting moveVietnam has signed an agreement with Japan two weeks agoto undertake a feasibility study on building nuclear reactors The study to be undertaken by Japan Atomic Power Company will define the terms for the construction of two reactors of 1000 MW each While nuclear power generation has come under a cloud in JapanTokyo is now actively exploring the prospects exporting civilian nuclear technology Hanoi has already signed a deal with the Russian Rosatom to build the first nuclear power plant in Vietnam The construction is expected to start in 2014 Besides Russia and JapanVietnam has also negotiated a variety of nuclear cooperation agreements with various countriesincluding the United States There has been some speculation in the US media that Washington might not bar Vietnam from building sensitive elements of the nuclear fuel cycle The US now insists that Iran and other countries in the Middle East should not develop their own uranium enrichment and plutonium reprocessing facilities that could provide fuel for nuclear plants as well generate options for future nuclear weapons programme Vietnamhoweveris a party to all major non-proliferation agreements including the nuclear non-proliferation treaty (NPT) and the comprehensive test ban treaty (CTBT) Washingtonin turnhas said it wants to encourage Vietnam to rely on international arrangements for the supply of nuclear fuel rather than build a full nuclear cycle on its own The focus of India’s nuclear cooperation with Vietnam until now has been on training and scientific exchanges The time has come for India to elevate it to a higher level and participate more actively in the development of Vietnam’s nuclear energy industry For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has assured former captain Bhaichung Bhutia of unflinching support to football even after the FIFA U-17 World Cup File image of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi PTI With less than 100 days left for the country’s first-ever FIFA tournament Bhutia thanked Modi for his "continuous support to Indian football" "The Honourable Prime Minister’s passion for sports is really admirable" Bhutia said a day after Modi met Indian sporting legends during the inauguration of a stadium in Ahmedabad "The Prime Minister has been possibly the biggest supporter of the FIFA U-17 World Cup He has been standing beside Indian football all throughout and it’s such an inspiration for the footballing fraternity" Bhutia the first Indian footballer to play over 100 international matches stated "I thanked him for promoting Indian football The Prime Minister assured me of his continued support for the U-17 World Cup adding that he will continue supporting football even after the World Cup ends" Bhutia added Modi also made a special mention of the Indian football legend bringing laurels to the country Modi had in the past in his address to the nation acknowledged the rising popularity of football in India and has called for the creation of right atmosphere for its development The FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 is slated to kick off on 6 October with the official draw scheduled to take place in Mumbai on 7 July

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