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08-20-2011, 04:54 PM #1
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Shammi Kapoor: an actor who attained cult status by his iconic mannerismsIdentification with commonality and the laity of the country, by a film star cannot be through appearance on the screen in high fashion clothes or with razzmatazz, it has to be in the attires that a common man can afford. Shammi Kapoor's popularity among the masses and the classes was owing primarily to the fact that by his getup and mannerisms he could charm the common man as also awaken the latent child inside the hoi poili who in its quest to be an stiff upper lip individual had buried the child somewhere deep inside his heart. It was this character that became his USP and made him darling of the masses and the classes.
He was probably the only star in Indian film industry that had the courage and the guts to hang from the railing of a helicopter in Paris in AN EVENING IN PARIS to serenade Sharmila Tagore. Can any other film star be found in the history of Indian cinema, which while shooting on a foreign locale, has the guts to appear in the screen draped in a blanket, but Shammi Kapoor was one such star who could do it with conviction and confidence. He did it scores of times, i.e. choosing a blanket to enact a role, as he did it in JANWAR, underlining the basic tenet of performing art that it is not the clothes and the attire that determine a performance, but it is the enactment of a role which becomes the overriding consideration in establishing instant chemistry with the audience.