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Groovy Friday – More and More Kapoor

Shammi Kapoor was known as “The Indian Elvis.”

It’s Friday!

It’s time to dive once again into the deep pool of grooviness that is Bollywood. In previous plunges, we’ve come across the great Shammi Kapoor many times. Not surprising as he appeared in dozens of films from the fifties to the seventies. He popped up in our tribute to Helen as well as our feature on the man behind Shammi’s voice, Mohammed Rafi. But this week it’s all Shammi.

Kapoor was known as “The Indian Elvis” which I guess would make Elvis Presley “The American Shammi Kapoor.” There’s lots to be learned about his life and his career and I heartily encourage you to learn all you can.

I’ll be limiting my comments here to the content of the clips.

Bollywood nightclub sets are the coolest and this is no exception. It reminds me somewhat of a modernist church.

Here Shammi shines, quite literally. Get a load of that jacket! I want it.

This clip has the added bonus of English subtitles. I can only imagine that there’s a great deal lost in the translation.

Have a groovy weekend!

André Dupuy

Andre Dupuy is the youngest of five children, a fourth-generation Californian and he knows how to drive a Model-T Ford.

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