As burning as ice as beautiful as desire —– SHAMMI KAPOOR

By Rupali Gupta

I read this somewhere once and I can swear it fits aptly for Shammi Kapoor’s eyes —- “As burning as ice as beautiful as desire”.

How an icy green blue colour can be so fiery I don’t know. But it was.

Shammi Kapoor has been known for his lunatic moves and mad crazy energy. When you talk Shammi you think of Yahoooo, sukku sukku, o haseena zulfon walee, aaja aaja main hun pyaar tera and other such mad cap numbers.

I grew up in the 80s (born ’73) as a big Shammi  fan. I was ridiculed and made fun of by my peers who could not relate to this blast from the past. So many years later I look at him and I think what I like most about him is his eyes. Twinkling when naughty and haunting when sombre, he could look into his girl’s eyes and melt any ice maiden.

Tumne mujhe dekha hoke meherbaan, jhuk gayee ye zameen, tham gayaa meherbaan from Teesri Manzil.

Ehsaan tera hoga mujhpar dil chahta hai jo kehne do, mujhe tumse mohabbat ho gayee hai, mujhe palkon ki chhaon mein rehne do from Junglee.

Tumne kisiki jaan ko jaate hue dekha hai, who dekho mujhse rooth ke meri jaan ja rahee hai….

Aie gulbadan aie gulbadan, phooon ki mahak kanton ki chubhan tujhe dekh ke kehta hai mera mann kahin aaj kisi se mohabbat na ho jaaye…. Main tumhee se yun ankhen milata chala hun tum hee se main tumko churata hun.

Truly, he could steal a heart just by looking into the persons eyes. If you want to experience ice that burns then you only need to pick up his movies.

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. Another sibling sure isn’t an acquaintance, but nonetheless , an acquaintance are normally an important sibling.

  2. Mike Guddoy says:

    What a pity that you were ridiculed and made fun of by your peers, just for being a Shammi Kapoor fan. You have got to understand that Shammi Kapoor was so far ahead of his time. In the sixties, when he was at his peak, he appealed to youngters who were mainly westernised and not to ordinary Indians. Shammi came out as a rebel, especially in the way he dressed, the way he moved his body, the way he danced. His music was very popular mainly because it had a ‘rock n roll’ beat, which was quite new and unique at the time. This is the why Shammi Kapoor had millions of fans not just in India, but in many parts of the world, especially in the middle-east. You should be proud that you appreciate a unique superstar like Shammi Kapoor. You can only feel sorry for your friends, they seem so behind time and possibly backward.

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