Friday, February 13, 2015

Untold romance of Shammi Kapoor and Geeta Bali Valentine Day Special - Part I

Debonair and swashbuckling Shammi Kapoor and the vibrant and beautiful Geeta Bali were the typical ‘Made For Each Other’ couple. They first came together during the outdoor shooting in the bewitching and picturesque Ranikhet in Uttarakhand state in India. Incidentally the movie for which they were shooting was a passionate love story aptly titled RANGEEN RAATEN (1956).

During the shooting the two came close. However though Shammi Kapoor, was son of the legendary actor Prithivraj Kapoor but he was still an ordinary struggling actor while Geeta Bali was celebrity. Hence Shammi had a hitch in proposing Geeta Bali.

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However one day famous comedian Johnny Walker, who also working in the film grasped Shammi Kapoor’s love for Geeta Bali and his inability to express his love for Geeta. So he pepped Shammi to go ahead. Thus Shammi dared and proposed Geeta. But Geeta Bali did not reciprocate Shammi’s feelings immediately because she had the responsibility of her family as she was the sole bread winner of the family. But when Shammi assured her that after marriage she could continue to feed her family, Geeta gave her assent. 

When husband and wife were ready for marriage their families created a rebel in the typical Bollywood style. But the couple did not bow to the family pressure and secretly got married in a temple, on 24th August 1955, barely four months after their first meeting. The wedding was conducted in a hush-hush with just Hari Walia (producer-director RANGEEN RAATEN) and Johnny Walker blessing the couple. 

After the wedding Shammi Kapoor first took his grandfather’s blessings and later conveyed his parents about their marriage on phone. After initial fury; both the families gave in and the marriage was again conducted in a spectacular tradition of Kapoor Khandaan! 

The marriage was quite successful because soon after marriage Shammi Kapoor became a huge star. The duo was also blessed by son Aditya Kapoor and daughter Kanchan.

However in 1965, just after ten years of the happily marriage, Geeta Bali became victim of the dreaded Smallpox disease and left this world at a young as of 35 years! 

Shammi Kapoor went in melancholy and quit Bollywood for long time.

FIR lodged against Karan Johar, Ranvir Singh, Arjun Kapoor and AIB Roast show!

The controversial and much debated AIB Roast show held on January 20 in Mumbai, which became an instant hit after it was put on You Tube thanks to its bizarre, rude, crude and obnoxious comedy has landed in soup. 

According to reports a social activist, Santosh Daundkar has filed a First Information Report (FIR) against it organizers and the film celebrities for its blatant vulgarity and ribald content. The show has been charged under stern offences like speaking vulgar, obscene and pornographic words publicly before a women audience and circulation of obscene, pornographic content on the internet

The 14 persons charged in the FIR include Karan Johar, actor Ranvir Singh, Arjun Kapoor, actresses Deepika Padukone, and Alia Bhatt. In addition Jayantilal Shah, president of the National Sports Club of India (NSCI), Ravinder Aggarwal, secretary general of NSCI, organisers of AIB Roast programme, film critic Rajeev Masand, and popular stand up comedians like Rohan Joshi, Tanmay Bhatt, Gursimran Khamba, Ashish Shakya, and Aditi Mittal.

The complaint was filed after the police failed to take cognizance of a written complaint submitted to the Tardeo Police Station.

It may be noted that the show was held at Sardar Ballabhbhai Patel Stadium at Haji Ali in Worli and people attended the houseful show paying Rs 4000/- per person. Later an edited version of the show was uploaded on the YouTube, which received over three million hits after it went viral on the internet.

Defending its side the AIB Roast has filed an intervention plea opposing the petition, and arguing that the show was a humorous show for a private audience, and the private audience did not find the content offensive.

Lawyer Mahesh Jethmalani, who appeared on behalf of AIB, told the court, “The language was excessive, but within the bounds of humour.” 

The next hearing has been scheduled for March 3.​ Meanwhile the Mumbai Police have already begun a probe against filmmaker Karan Johar, actor Arjun Kapoor and Ranveer Singh, regarding the “filthy and abusive language” in the comedy show.