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The adorable Junglee is no more

By Gitanjali Chak and Rajnish Sharma Email By Gitanjali Chak and Rajnish Sharma
September 2011
The adorable Junglee is no more

Legendary actor Shammi Kapoor, who changed the face of the hero in Indian cinema, endowing him with an endearing ebullience and flamboyance, breathed his last in Mumbai on August 14, leaving behind a grieving film fraternity and mourning fans. He was 79 and had been on dialysis for the last three years.

Who can forget the actor who gave memorable hits like Junglee, Teesri Manzil, An Evening in Paris and  Kashmir Ki Kali, to name just a few. Kapoor’s inimitable boisterous cry “Yahoo” in the song “Chahe mujhe koi Junglee kahe” gave to Bollywood its most liberating yell, symbolizing freedom from the country’s colonial past. Tagged as India’s Elvis Presley, Shammi Kapoor’s style of dancing was unique—a lethal blend of  sensuousness and playfulness.

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