Posted on August 14, 2011 at 6:27 pm

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Actors tweet about the loss of Shammi

From Amitabh Bachchan all the way to modern actors like Priyanka Chopra, Bollywood has been abuzz on Twitter regarding the tragic loss of screen icon Shammi Kapoor.  Shammi Kapoor was one actor who transcended generations.  His unique style, boyish flamboyance, and dance moves all catapulted him out of older brother Raj Kapoor’s shadow.  He starred in several hit movies and was most remembered for successful pairings with Asha Parekh, Sharmila Tagore, and Saira Banu.

Unfortunately, in his later years, Shammi faced kidney problems and used to go for dialysis three times a week.  As you heard here last night on Urban Asian, the legend passed away from kidney failure.  Now, after his passing, Bollywood is left to grapple with the loss of a very respected actor.  Read below for the tweets his fellow colleagues posted upon hearing about his death:

  • Aftab Shivdasani: “Another legend passes away. Shammiji Kapoor, such a jovial and positive person. I had the good fortune of interacting with him, rest in peace.”
  • Amitabh Bachchan: “Shammi Kapoorji passed away this morning at 5:15 am. Rushing there now. The flamboyance and joi de verve of the Industry lost!”  Soon after, he tweeted, “Shammi ji: An entire life full of optimism and happy spirit, caring loving to all… Now suddenly silent.”
  • Anupam Kher: “Shammi Kapoor ji was one of d 1st Youth Icons from Cinema. He liberated actors from being stereotypes. Will miss his STYLE and SUBSTANCE (sic).”
  • Anurag Kashyap: “All Indian netizens should mourn today. Pioneer of internet & the first president of internet society of India in the 80’s Shammi Kapoor passed away.”
  • Celina Jaitley: “Tremendous entertainer. Also one of the first champions of internet in India. RIP Shammi Kapoor.”
  • Deepika Padukone: “He was an inspiration not just for his style and the films he did, but also his attitude towards life. We will miss you Shammi uncle, RIP.”
  • Farhan Akhtar: “Mr. Shammi Kapoor. Never before – Never again. Thank you for the wonderful cinematic memories and life lessons. RIP.”
  • Karan Johar: “One of finest and strongest men I knew… we will truly miss you shammi uncle… RIP….”
  • Madhur Bhandarkar: “Sad to hear the demise of Shammiji, the YAHOO of Indian Cinema. Ur charmful exuberance & full of life style will forever be missed by all of us, RIP (sic).”
  • Mahesh Bhatt: “The narrative of Shammi Kapoor will not end with his passing away. His movies will continue to enchant the future generations!”
  • Priyanka Chopra: “Sometimes no amount of kind words can compensate for a loss! Bhole baba ki jai Shammi maharajji. He he was our guruji. I am at a loss.”
  • R Madhavan: “RIP Shammi Ji… End of a legend”
  • Ritesh Deshmukh: “The most stylish actor ever. We love you and we will miss you,”
  • Shekhar Kapur: “The great iconic Shammi Kapoor who defined an era n influenced music, dance n song even today has passed away, leaving a hollow void.”
  • Shreya Ghoshal: “What a legacy of great music was associated with Shammiji.”
  • Sophie Choudhary : “For me, Shammiji brought life to music and dance like no other! His style was unique, fun, flamboyant and he found a place in evryone’s heart! A true Star.”
  • Tisca Chopra: “Deeply saddened at Shammi Kapoor’s passing away. So full of life and energy on screen now no more, we loved you so much… may you rest in peace.”
  • Vishal Dadlani: “Mr. Shammi Kapoor, RIP. You danced like nobody was watching.”

RIP Shammi Kapoor!  You will be missed!