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Shammi Kapoor 'THE YAHOO MAN'


 Shammi  Kapoor 'The Yahoo Man'


Shammi Kapoor was hailed as one of the finest actors that Hindi cinema had ever produced.Extremely versatile as an actor, he was the leading star of Hindi cinema during the late 1950s as well as the 1960s.
He was the tall,athletic and green-eyed dancing star who revolutionised the image of Hindi film heroes in the 1950s and 1960s with his carefree and flamboyant personality.The recipe for his success was a makeover as a flamboyant yet lovable lover boy and an uninhibited style of dancing.
His style his dance his clothes, his puffed hair style that lazily yet provocatively would often fall on his foreheadall became images that every young around the country wanted to emulate.

Early Life

He was given the name Shamsher Raj Kapoor at his birth in Mumbai to film and theatre actor Prithviraj Kapoor, Shammi was the second of the three sons born to Prithviraj (the other two being Raj Kapoor and Shashi Kapoor), both of whom were, like their father, successful Bollywood actors.
Though born in Mumbai, he spent a major portion of his childhood in Kolkata, where his father was involved with New Theatres Studios, acting in films. It was in Kolkata that he did his Montessory and Kindergarten. After coming back to Mumbai, he first went to St. Joseph's Convent (Wadala) and then, to Don Bosco School. Shammi Kapoor finished his schooling from New Era School, at Hughes Road.
Shammi Kapoor had a short stint at Ruia College, in Matunga, Mumbai, after which he joined his father’s theatrical company "Prithvi Theatres".
 He entered the cinema world in 1948, as a junior artiste, at a salary of Rs. 150 per month, stayed with Prithvi Theatres for the next four years.

 Film career

 He made his debut in Bollywood in the year 1953, when the film Jeevan Jyoti was released. It was directed by Mr. Mahesh Kaul and Chand Usmani was Kapoor’s first heroine.

Shammi Kapoor started out with serious roles but with Filmistan's Nasir Hussain directed Tumsa Nahin Dekha (1957) opposite Ameeta and Dil Deke Dekho (1959) with Asha Parekh, he attained the image of a light-hearted, stylish playboy. Tall, athletic, lively, fair complexioned, green-eyed and with handsome features- Shammi was a heartthrob, and his good looks and physique complemented his image.
With Junglee (1961) his new image was cemented and his subsequent films were all in this genre. He particularly chose Mohammed Rafi as his playback voice. Though in his early career he had often played second fiddle to established heroines like Madhubala in films such as Rail Ka Dibba(1953) and Naqab(1955) and opposite Suraiya in Shama Parwana(1954), producers after 1960, loved pairing Shammi with new heroines, and three of them became huge stars in their own right: Asha Parekh, Saira Banu, and Sharmila Tagore. Of all his heroines, he said that Sharmila Tagore, Rajshree, and Asha Parekh were easy to work with. He and Asha Parekh were paired together in four films, the most successful being the murder mystery Teesri Manzil (1966).
In the early fifties he accepted serious roles in women oriented films like Shama Parwana (1954), comedy flick Mem Sahib (1956) and thrillers like Miss Coca Cola (1956) and Chor Bazar(1954), which were all successful at box office and in tragic love story Mirza Sahiban (1957) (a box office flop), but did not gain recognition and fame among the masses.Other than the above hits, he had fifteen films as flops to his credit till 1957. It was only after triple success of Tumsa Nahi Dekha (1957), Ujala and Dil Dil Deke Deko (both 1959), that he became popular with the audience and became a star. The other hits in late fifties included Mujrim(1958), Char Dil Char Rahen, Raat ke Raahi(1959). In the first half of the 1960s,Shammi Kapoor was seen in successful films like College Girl, Basant, Singapore, Boy Friend, Professor, Dil Tera Diwana, ‘Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya’, China Town, Kashmir Ki Kali, Bluff Master, Janwar and Rajkumar. Although nominated before, in 1968, he received the first Filmfare Best Actor award of his career for the film Bramhachari.
In the 1970s, Shammi Kapoor’s weight problem proved an obstacle in his path of success and ended his career as a romantic hero. One of his last hits, in which he played the lead role, was Andaz (1971).
Shammi turned into a successful supporting actor in the 70's, playing Saira Banu's father in Zameer (1974), when he had been her leading man a decade earlier in Junglee (1961) and Bluff Master (1964) and playing Amitabh Bachchan's foster father in Parvarish.
 He also directed Manoranjan (1974) a copy of Irma La Douce and in which he played a supporting role himself and Bundal Baaz (1976), but neither were successful commercially though got critical acclaims and were hailed as classics and to be ahead of its time.
 In the 1980s and 1990s, he continued to play supporting roles in many films and won a Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award for his performance in Vidhaata (1982). He eventually cut down on film appearances by the late 1990s and early 2000s and made his appearances in the 1999 Salman Khan and Urmila Matondkar starring Jaanam Samjha Karo, 2002 release Waah! Tera Kya Kehnaand delayed 2006 release Sandwich.He made his last appearance in Imtiaz Ali 's next directorial venture Rockstar co-starring his grand-nephew Ranbir Kapoor, the grandson of his brother Raj Kapoor.

Personal life

Shammi Kapoor met Geeta Bali in 1955, during the shooting of the film ‘Rangeen Raaten’. He was the leading actor and she played a cameo. They fell in love, but since she was a year older to him and had acted with his elder brother and father, they were skeptical. Four months after they first met, they married at Banganga Temples, near Napean Sea Road of Mumbai. Hari Walia as the sole witness. They informed their parents only after their marriage.
Shammi and Geeta lived a life of bliss in the coming years. They had a son, Aditya Raj Kapoor, on 1 July 1956, at Shirodkar's Hospital, Mumbai, a year after they were married. Five years later, in 1961, they had a daughter, Kanchan ( who is married to Ketan Desai).
Tragedy struck in 1965, during the filming of Teesri Manzil. Geeta died of small pox, leaving Shammi with two small children.
In 1969, he married his second wife Neela Devi Gohil from the former royal family of Bhavnagar in Gujarat.
Shammi Kapoor was the founder and chairman of Internet Users Community of India (IUCI). He had also played a major role in setting up internet organizations like the Ethical Hackers Association.
Shammi Kapoor also maintained a website 'junglee.org.in' dedicated to the 'Kapoor family’.

In 2006,  he underwent dialysis three times a week. Irrepressible even then, this punishing regimen has failed to depress him. Rather, he said that he was thankful to God for giving him so much.

My 10 favourite songs--

Dil Ke Jharoke Se - (Brahmchari)
Awaaz Deke- (Professor)
Aye Gulbadan- (Professor)
Chhupnewale Saamne aa -(Tumsa Nahin Dekha)
Din_Sara_Guzara - (Junglee)
Hai Duniya Usi Ki Zamana Usi Ka - ( Kashmir Ki Kali)
Suku_Suku- (Junglee)
Tumne Kisi Ki Jaan Ko- (Rajkumar)
Tumse  Achha Kaun Hai-( Jaanwar)

Shammi Kapoor was admitted to Breach Candy Hospital on 7th August, 2011 suffering from chronic renal failure. His condition remained serious for next few days, kept under ventilator support at Mumbai Breach Candy hospital, where he was undergoing treatment for chest infection. He passed away on 14 August, 2011, 05:15am IST at the age of 79.

Awards, nominations and other recognition
* 1962 -- Filmfare Nomination as Best Actor--         Professor
* 1968 -- Filmfare Best Actor Award,                      Brahmachari
* 1982 -- Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award,    Vidhata
* 1995 -- Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award
* 1998 -- Kalakar Awards [ Special Award for "contribution in Indian Cinema"]
* 1999 -- Zee Cine Award for Lifetime Achievement
* 2001 -- Star Screen Lifetime Achievement Award
* 2001 -- Anandalok Awards Lifetime Achievement Award
* 2002 -- Invaluable Contribution To Indian Cinema at the IIFA.
* 2005 -- Lifetime Achievement Award at the Bollywood Movie Awards
* 2008 -- Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to Indian cinema at the Pune International    Film Festival (PIFF).
* 2009 --  Phalke Legend Actor Award by the Dadasaheb Phalke Academy
* Recipient of the prestigious Living Legend Award by the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the Indian entertainment industry.
* Rashtriya Gaurav Award

  Partial filmography
 Film                                        Year        Co-star
Jeevan Jyoti                            (1953) Chand Usmani
Rail Ka Dibba                        (1953)
Thokar                                    (1953)
Laila Majnu                            (1953) Nutan
Ladki                                      (1953)
Gul Sanobar                            (1953)
Khoj                                        (1953)
Shama Parwana                      (1954)  Suraiya
Mehbooba                              (1954)
Ehsan                                      (1954)
Chor Bazar                             (1954)
Tangewali                              (1955)
Naqab                                    (1955)  Madhubala
Miss Coca Cola                     (1955)
Daku                                      (1956)
Memsahib                              (1956)
Hum Sab Chor Hain               (1956)
Rangeen Raatein                    (1956)  Mala Sinha
Tumsa Nahin Dekha               (1957)  Ameeta
Maharani                                (1957)
Coffee House                         (1957)
Mirza Sahiban                        (1957)
Mujrim                                   (1958)
Dil Deke Dekho                     (1958)  Asha Parekh
Ujala                                      (1959)  Mala Sinha
Raat ke Raahi                        (1959)
Mohar                                    (1959)
Basant                                    (1960)
College Girl                          (1960)  Vyjayanthimala
Singapore                              (1960)  Padmini
Boyfriend                              (1961)
Junglee                                  (1961)  Saira Banu
Dil Tera Diwana                   (1962)  Mala Sinha
Professor                               (1962)  Kalpana
China Town                           (1962)  Shakeela/Helen
Bluff Master                          (1963)  Saira Banu
Shahid Bhagat Singh              (1963)
Jab Se Tumhe Dekha Hai       (1963)
Pyar Kiya To Darna kya        (1963)  B. Saroja Devi
Rajkumar                               (1964)  Sadhana
Kashmir Ki Kali                    (1964)  Sharmila Tagore
Janwar                                   (1965)  Rajashri
Teesri Manzil                        (1966)  Asha Parekh
Preet Na Jaane Reet              (1966)
Budtameez                            (1966)  Sadhana
An Evening in Paris              (1967)  Sharmila Tagore
Laat Saheb                            (1967)  Nutan
Brahmachari                         (1968)  Rajashri
Prince                                   (1969)  Vyjayanthimala
Tum se Acchaa Kaun Hai     (1969)  Babita
Sachchai                               (1969)  Sadhana
Pagla Kahin Ka                    (1970)  Asha Parekh/Helen
Andaz                                   (1971)  Hema Malini/Simi
Jawan Mohabbat                  (1971)  Asha Parekh
Jaane Anjane                        (1971)  Leena Chandavarkar
Parvarish                              (1973)
Zameer                                 (1973)
Manoranjan                          (1974)  Zeenat Aman
Chhote Sarkar                      (1974)  Sadhana
Shalimar                              (1978)
Meera                                 (1979)  .as. Raja Vikramjeet Singh Sesodia
Professor Pyarelal              (1981)
Rocky                                 (1981)
Naseeb                                (1981)
Prem Rog                            (1982)  Sushma Seth
Vidhaata                              (1982)
Desh Premee                       (1982)
Hero                                   (1983)  Urmila Bhat
Betaab                                (1983)
Sohni Mahiwal                   (1984)
Hukumat                             (1987)
Ijaazat                                 (1988)
Ajooba                               ( 1991)
Tahelka                               (1992)
Chamatkar                          (1992)
Sukham Sukhakaram           (1994)  (Malayalam)
Aur Pyar Ho Gaya              (1996)   Shammi
Kareeb                                (1998)
Jaanam Samjha Karo          (1999)
East Is East                         (1999)
Yeh Hay Jalwa                   (2001)
Waah! Tera Kya Kehna      (2002)
Bhola in Bollywood           (2005)
Sandwich                           (2006)
Rockstar                             (2011)


The Hindi film industry will never see such an era again," said writer, poet Javed Akhtar, echoing a sentiment of the Hindi film industry.

"When he is on screen it is very difficult to look at anyone else. He had a great sense of humour and a sense of rhythm, so important to the Hindi film industry. His contribution to the industry is quite considerable," said Tagore, who acted with him in her debut Hindi film, Kashmir Ki Kali.

Vyjantimala refers to Shammi as the King of Rhythms. “I cannot believe that the King of Rhythms has ceased to be.I always took pride in being a classical dancer of repute until I met Shammiji. I was quite astonished at the way he choreographed himself in the songBadanpe sitaarein lapete huye in Prince. The song was picturised in three takes. He is the only actor in India, who choreographed all his song sequences himself,” she said.



[1] Junglee (1961)

Junglee is a 1961 Indian movie produced and directed by Subodh Mukherjee. Junglee means "Wild" or "ill mannered" in Hindi. The music is by Shankar Jaikishan and the lyrics by Shailendra and Hasrat Jaipuri. The film stars Shammi Kapoor, Saira Banu, Lalita Pawar and Shashikala.The film became a "superhit" at the box office.


Banner.....................Subodh Mukherjee Productions
Directed by.............Subodh Mukherjee
Produced by............Subodh Mukherjee,Prabhat Mukherjee
Written by...............Agha Jani Kashmiri(dialogue)
                                Subodh Mukherjee (screenplay/story)
Music by.................Shankar-Jaikishan
Lyrics......................Hasrat Jaipuri and Shailendra
Cinematography......N. V. Srinivas
Editing by...............V. K. Naik
Release date...........1 January 1961 (Sunday)
Running time...........150 min.

Star Cast

  * Shammi Kapoor ...... Chandra Shekhar or Shekhar
  * Saira Banu .............. Rajkumari or 'Raj'
  * Shashikala .............. Mala
  * Anoop Kumar ......... Jeevan
  * Lalita Pawar ........... Shekhar's Mother
  * Azra ........................ Rajkumari 'the Princess'
  * Moni Chatterjee ...... Doctor (Raj's Father)
  * Asit Sen .................. Doctor Uncle
  * Rajan Haksar ...........The Princess' Brother
  * Shivraj .....................Manager
  * Helen .......................Miss Suku


Shekhar (Shammi Kapoor) and his sister Mala (Shashikala) have been brought up in an atmosphere of rigid discipline where the sound of laughter and love are unknown. Their mother (Lalita Pawar) has raised them in the shadow of her late husband, a wealthy businessman known for his rules and stern principles.

Shekhar has just returned from three years abroad, where he successfully expanded the company (and their wealth). He is unsmiling, demanding and unkind. Mala, on the other hand, is cheerful and sweet, although she has to suppress these traits at home.

She has fallen in love with Jeevan (Anoop Kumar) and sneaks out to meet him; she knows her brother and mother won’t approve because he works as a mere clerk in their office.

Shekhar’s mother has fixed his marriage to a Princess, which will take place in a few months when he returns from a business trip to Kashmir.

They dont know that “the Princess” is a fraud, and her father and brother have amassed a great deal of debt. They are planning to marry her off to Shekhar for his money.

In the meantime, Mala and Jeevan have secretly gotten married themselves, .Manager Sahab has his suspicions about Jeevan.

He goes to Shekhar and his mother and tells them that he fears Mala may be going astray. They decide that Mala will accompany Shekhar to Kashmir.

In beautiful Kashmir on his first morning Shekhar is accidentally hit with a snowball thrown by the local doctor’s daughter Rajkumari (Saira Banu). He yells at her but she doesn’t care much.

Mala has not been feeling well, and goes to see the doctor. He gives her shocking news about that she is six month pregnant. She tries to commit suicide but is stopped by Rajkumari. Mala tells Raj her predicament, and Raj assures her that she’ll help soften up Mala’s scary brother. She goes to meet him and is not too surprised to see Shekhar. Raj decides on a strategy to deal with him.

She makes him buy flowers for poor Mala when she takes him to visit. She and her father keep Mala’s condition a secret from him; the doctor merely says that she needs rest.

As Mala’s due date draws near, Raj tricks him into going on a “pilgrimage” to Sheshnag to get him out of the way. When she finds out that the area has been hit with a severe snow storm she goes after him, but he decides to go ahead to Sheshnag anyway, and makes her go with him as punishment for her mischief.

They get caught in the storm and find shelter in a cabin. As the days pass and the storm rages on, Shekhar realizes that he’s fallen in love with her.

Then finally one morning they wake up to clear skies and no wind; relieved and excited, he shouts “Yahoo!”This is followed by the classic “Chahe Koi Mujhe Junglee Kahe”.

Meanwhile Mala delievers a baby boy.When they come back they got the news. Mala is astounded by the change in her brother.

Raj’s father is not too happy about their prolonged absence together, but Shekhar explains that they want to get married. A telegram arrives from his mother summoning him and Mala back to Bombay.Mala leaves the baby in Raj and the doctor’s care.

There, trouble awaits in the form of a telegram from Shekhar’s future father-in-law, the “Raja Sahab.” Shekhar is too afraid to tell his mother about Raj. Mala is pining for her baby, but Jeevan, too, is afraid to face her mother. His mother sends Shekhar off to see his prospective in-laws. They put on a good party in order to impress him. Miss Suku (Helen) performs.

Shekhar puts his plan into action and convinces the princess and her family that he is crazy. He joins Miss Suku on stage, flirting with her and humiliating the princess.

The princess (Azra) is not pleased, and they all agree that he is clearly crazy; but her father and brother don’t care much as they are only interested in his fortune.

In any case, Shekhar soon discovers that he’s not escaping the Princess and her family so easily. They come to Bombay at the same time as Raj and her father arrive—all to finalize weddings with Shekhar.Shekhar knows that his mother will never approve of his marriage with Rajkumari.

After some drama and fighting all misundrestanding is cleared and finally Shekhar's mother accepts Raj as her daughter-in-law and Jeevan as son-in-law.


Interesting Facts

* The movie was a lighthearted musical that further enhanced Shammi Kapoor's stature as the youth icon of the times.

The "Yahoo" song became a symbol of Shammi's wild (Junglee) loverboy image of the times. The switch from the serious actor image Shammi started out with, was started by Tumsa Nahin Dekha, reinforced by Dil Deke Dekho and completed by Junglee.

* Saira Banu, in her debut film, earned a Filmfare nomination as Best Actress and became a star.

* The film was later remade into the Telugu film "Saradaa Ramudu" (1980) starring N.T. Rama Rao and Jayasudha.


Sound Track

Music by........Shankar-Jaikishan
Lyrics by........Shailendra and Hasrat Jaipuri


1.* Ehsaan Tera Hoga...............Lata Mangeshkar and Mohd. Rafi

2.* Din sara Guzara .................Lata Mangeshkar and Mohd. Rafi

3.* Kashmir Ki kali hoon..........Lata Mangeshkar

4.* Suku Suku...........................Mohd. Rafi

5.* Nain Tumhare.....................Asha Bhosle and Mukesh

6.* Ja Ja Ja Mere Bachpan........Lata Mangeshkar

7.* Yahoo!Chahe Koi Mujhe....Mohd. Rafi

All the songs were super hit.


   ** Won

    * Filmfare Best Sound Award-Kuldeep Singh

   ** Nominated

    * Filmfare Nomination for Best Actress-Saira Banu

[2] Professor (1962)

Professor is a 1962 Hindi movie, produced by F. C. Mehra and directed by Lekh Tandon. The film stars Shammi Kapoor, Kalpana, Bela Bose, Lalita Pawar, Tun Tun, and Iftekhar. The film's music is by Shankar Jaikishan. The film became a box office hit.


Directed by------------Lekh Tandon
Produced by---------- F. C. Mehra
Written by-------------Abrar Alvi
Music by--------------Shankar Jaikishan
Lyrics by--------------Hasrat Jaipuri & Shailendra
Cinematography------Dwarak Divecha
Editing by-------------Pran Mehra
Release date----------1962

Star Cast
Shammi Kapoor.............Professor / Pritam Khanna
Kalpana.........................Nina Verma
Lalita Pawar..................Sita Devi Verma
Parveen Choudhary.......Rita Verma
Pratima Devi.................Mrs. Khanna (Pritam's mother)
Salim ............................Ramesh
Bir Sakuja.....................Ramesh's Father
Rashid Khan.................Hanuman Singh
Bela Bose.....................Mrs. Hanuman Singh
Tun Tun........................Phool Rani

Pritam (Shammi Kapoor) has an advanced degree but is unable to find a job. His mother (Protima Devi) is suffering from tuberculosis and he’s increasingly desperate to find a job. He applies for a tutoring position in Darjeeling, but discovers to his dismay that he has to be at least fifty years old in order to get the job.

When the doctor tells Pritam that his mother must be cared for in a sanatorium or she’ll die, he decides to take the job; he’ll pretend to be old.

With his mother tucked away in a good hospital, he heads to Darjeeling. On the way he sees two girls (Kalpana and Parveen Choudhary) dancing.

Pritam reaches his new employer’s home, only to be greeted by the sounds of “Yahoo” song from Junglee, and two young boys sliding down the staircase bannisters.

Then two of the girls Nina and Rita, he had seen dancing come rushing in. They’ve spotted their aunt’s car approaching and everyone disappears from sight.

When Sita Devi (Lalita Pawar) arrives, Pritam introduces himself as Professor Khanna.She is suspicious of the “elderly” Professor’s youthful skin; Pritam makes up a story about studying yoga from the original Sanskrit teachings.

She’s impressed and informs him that he will teach her two young nephews as well as teaching the girls Sanskrit.

But he does not know Sanskrit and starts learning  himself.
Nina and Rita make several attempts to get rid of the Professor but he survives each time.

Pritam goes into town to order a new reversible jacket made—with one side for his old man act, and the other for his time off when he can wander around sans disguise.

Nina is there, although she doesn’t recognize Pritam, but he takes her dupatta by mistake as he leaves. When he finds it, he waits for her outside and they strike sparks off each other.

Sita Devi rules the house very strictly. Her attitude towards clothing, food, studying and punctuality is very strict. Nina and Rita hate her, but the Professor suggests to them that she’s strict because she loves them, and points out that maybe she never got married because she was too busy raising them.He praises her beauty. Nina gets another idea for getting the Professor fired.She tells her aunt about him.But whole plan backfires.

Sita Devi is secretly quite flattered. Nobody’s ever admired her looks before.

Pritam likes Nina and meets her in town at the tailor’s again.At last she also starts liking him.

Professor's honesty wins Sita Devi's trust and she asks him to represent Nina’s interests in a court case in Bombay—Sita Devi’s brother left his substantial property to his eldest daughter, but there’s a dispute.

In Bombay, he meets Sita Devi and Nina as himself telling them that he is the Professor’s nephew.Pritam romances Nina as himself and continues his Professor act for Nina and Sita Devi, who is now quite smitten with the Professor.She announces Pritam ana Nina's wedding and her friend annonces Sita Devi and Professor's wedding.

At last Pritam decides to reveal the truth to them but Rita becomes pregnant and her boyfriend  Ramesh refuses to marry her then she tries to commit suicide by jumping into river. Professor jumps into the water and saves her . But his beards gets off and his secret is now open. Everybody is shocked to see that Pritam is the Professor. After much effort everything is sorted out.And Sita Devi forgives Pritam and announces Nina and Pritam's marriage. Ramesh also agrees to marry Rita.

Interesting Facts

* Shankar and Jaikishan won the Filmfare Award for best music.

* Shammi was also nominated for the Best Actor award. He’s truly at his best here, and this movie is sixties fun at its finest.

* This was Kalpana’s debut film.

* Producer F. C. Mehra, director Lekh Tandon, actor Shammi Kapoor and music director duo Shankar Jaikishan later worked together again on the 1969 film Prince.


Song ---------------------------------------------Singer(s)
1."Koi Ayega"------------------------------Asha Bhosle and Lata Mangeshkar     
2."Yeh Umar Hai"--------------------------Asha, Usha Mangeshkar, and Manna Dey   
3."Main Chali Main Chali"----------------Mohd. Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar   
4."Aye Gulbadan"--------------------------Mohd. Rafi   
5."Khuli Palak Mein Jhoota Gussa--------Mohd. Rafi   
6."Aawaz Deke Humein Tum Bulao"-----Mohd. Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar


  ** Won:

  *Filmfare Best Music Director Award - Shankar Jaikishan

  ** Nominated:
  * Filmfare Award for Best Actor - Shammi Kapoor
  * Filmfare Award for Best Support. Actress - Lalita Pawar
  * Filmfare Award for Best Lyricist - Hasrat Jaipuri for"Aai Gulbadan"
  * Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer - Mohd.Rafi for"Aai Gulbadan"


[3] Teesri Manzil (1966)

Teesri Manzil ("Third Storey") is a Bollywood thriller directed by Vijay Anand and produced by Nasir Hussain. It starred his regular actors Shammi Kapoor and Asha Parekh.Premnath, Prem Chopra, Iftekhar, Helen, K. N. Singh and Salim Khan were part of the supporting cast.

Teesri Manzil has an intense fast-paced story, incredible songs and great background score,beautiful picturisation,spectacular sets and scenery, lots of trivia,a fabulous star cast,superb cinematography and wonderful editing and direction.

The film became a hit at the box office.

Indiatimes Movies ranks the movie amongst the Top 25 Must See Bollywood Films.


Directed by---------Vijay Anand
Produced by--------Nasir Hussain
Written by----------Nasir Hussain
Music by----------- R. D. Burman
Cinematography--- N Srinivas
Editing by----------Vijay Anand
Release date-------1966

Star Cast

Shammi Kapoor.....Anil Kumar "Sona"/Rocky
Asha Parekh...........Sunita
Prem Chopra..........Ramesh
Premnath................Kunwar  Mahendra Singh
Raj Mehra..............Sunita's dad
Laxmi Chhaya........Bela (Sunita's friend)
Salim Khan............Rocky's friend
Rashid Khan .........Waiter
Iftekhar..................Police Inspector
S.N. Banerjee........Hotel Manager
Ram Avtar ............Laughing Passenger
K.N.Singh..............Kanwar's Manager


Rocky (Shammi Kapoor) is a drummer and singer at a hotel in Mussoorie and Ruby is a dancer and deeply in his love .

One day a girl named Rupa (Sabina) falls from the third floor to her death.

 There is speculation that she committed suicide when Rocky did not reciprocate her feelings, and her sister Sunita (Asha Parekh) decides to track him down and make him pay. Of course she meets Rockyin train on her way to Dehra Dun, and she doesn’t know who he is. On the way there is a comic situation occures when Rocky provokes a fat man to laugh which irritates Sunita and she hits the fat man and he faints.

 Rocky soon knows everything about Sunita's plan but as he is attracted to Sunita he hides his identity from her and he tries to win her over.

The story is punctuated by glimpses of Iftekhar lurking, wreathed in cigarette smoke, to keep the mystery alive.

Still, Rocky and Sunita’s relationship has plenty of excitement.

Rocky takes Sunita and her gang to a big house pretending to be his uncle's house.

While they all are enjoying the real owner Kunwar Sahab (Prem Nath) arrives there and he helps Rocky inspite of knowing that he is pretending to be his nephew. As they all take their leave Rocky stops to thank Kunwar Sahab and a man in black dressed exactly like the mysterious figure skulking about at the hotel drives into the compound.

Kunwar tells Rocky that the man is his estate manager, who is a bit of a drunk.

Sunita and Anil fall in love, but he doesn't know how to tell her that he and Rocky are the same person.

Back at the hotel, Ruby is conspiring with the weaselly hotel waiter (Rashid Khan) and Sunita discovers that her father has arrived in Mussoorie with Ramesh and his father in tow.He has come to fetch Sunita to the house where they are all staying. Rocky looks in vain for Sunita in the hotel club, and the waiter tells him about her father’s arrival and Sunita’s subsequent departure from the hotel.

Anil takes the help of a rich man 'Kunwar Sahab' who pretends to be Anil's uncle to help Anil impress Sunita and her father.

Rocky decides to tell his true identity to Sunita and writes a letter. He gives letter to Rashid to deliver it to Sunita. But jealous Ruby and Rashid manipulate and give the letter to Sunita at the wrong time.After knowing his true identity she hates him.

Meanwhile as the investigation unfolds, a number of suspects come to light -
* Sunita's angry fiance Ramesh (Prem Chopra), originally promised to Rupa;

* Dancing girl Ruby (Helen), herself jealously in love with Rocky;

* Waiter

* Or a mystery man.

The police inspector on the case (Iftekhar) reveals that the murderer left a physical evidence at the scene of Rupa's death: a clue - a button from an overcoat, a button that is worth Rs.250, and it is more than likely that this coat belongs to the killer, who is very wealthy.
Rocky suspects Ruby but she is also killed by some mysterious man.

Meanwhile Rocky chases a mysterious girl and meets with an accident due to brake failure.Everybody thinks that he is dead.But he manages to escape and meets Sunita. She now accepts him as Rocky and promises to find the real murderer.They both suspect Ramesh as the murderer .While Sunita goes into the hotel to find the whereabouts of Ramesh,Rocky again sees the mysterious girl and chases her. Soon Rocky finds his own life in danger as he gets closer and closer to the truth.

And finally the whole climax drama begins.


When we do finally get to the mystery, it’s suspenseful and mysterious.
The shocking secret, the wonderful  fast music by R.D.Burman, brilliant acting of  Prem Nath and Shammi kapoor and intelligent direction and editing of the genius Vijay Anand makes the climax of the film very interesting and wonderful.



1."Tum Ne Mujhe Dekha Ho Kar"---------------------Mohd. Rafi
2."O Mere Sona Re Sona Re"--------------------------Mohd. Rafi & Asha Bhosle
3."O Haseena Zulfonwali Jaane Jahan"----------------Mohd. Rafi & Asha Bhosle
4."Aaja Aaja Mein Hon Pyar Tera"--------------------Mohd. Rafi & Asha Bhosle
5."Dekhiye Sahiban Woh Koi Aur Thi"----------------Mohd. Rafi & Asha Bhosle
6."Deewana Mujhsa Nahin Iss Ambar Ke Neeche"---Mohd. Rafi

Interesting Facts

* The film became a hit and remains popular to this day. What is unusual is that although it is a murder mystery, it continues to draw repeat audiences even though the identity of the murderer is no longer a secret. Teesri Manzil was the last time Shammi starred in a Nasir Hussain film.

* Teesri Manzil was also the last Nasir Hussain film in which Mohammed Rafi sang all the songs. By Yaadon Ki Baraat, Kishore Kumar had temporarily become the dominant singer in Hussain's movies, but Rafi always had a special place in Hussain's films and would later win major awards for the song "Kya hua tera wada" in Hussain's Hum Kisi Se Kum Nahin (1977).

* Nasir Hussain produced and wrote the film under his home banner. He approached Vijay Anand to direct and his older brother Dev Anand to star in it. Dev was unavailable, but Vijay came on board to direct and edit the film.

* Nasir Hussain then cast Shammi Kapoor who had earlier starred in Hussain's two big hits, Tumsa Nahin Dekha (1957) and Dil Deke Dekho, which introduced Asha Parekh.

* Asha had starred in two more hits for Hussain Jab Pyar Kisise Hota Hai (1961) and Phir Wohi Dil Laya Hoon (1963).

* Thus, the newcomer for this film would be music composer R.D. Burman(son of music composer S.D. Burman), and he would create phenomenal music for this film. He would compose for all of Hussain's films until Zabardast(1985).R.D. Burman gave credit to lyricist Majrooh Sultanpuri for recommending him to Hussain, and both of them created unforgettable songs for Teesri Manzil.

* The song picturisations were outstanding, with Helen dancing to "Oh Haseena zulfonwaali". Songs like "Aaja aaja" had a rock n' roll base and were extremely popular.


1 comment:

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