Bollywood Actresses Who Debut Opposite Shammi Kapoor
Sharmila Tagore (Kashmir Ki Kali – 1964) – Sharmila Tagore started her film journey in 1959 through Bengali movies, and made her Bollywood debut through Kashmir Ki Kali opposite 1964. The film is still remembered for its golden melodies composed by O. P. Nayyar. Though she debut Bollywood in a traditional Kashmiri girl role, she later earned the name of sex symbol, that too through a Shammi Kapoor movie – An Evening in Paris. Needless to say, Sharmila Tagore is one among those Bollywood heroines who made a successful debut opposite Shammi, and later went on to become a star.
Saira Banu (Junglee – 1961) – The movie marked the acting debut of cute actress Saira Banu, who later went on to become a big star of Bollywood. Junglee also established Shammi Kapoor as a leading romantic hero of Bollywood after a long struggling period of almost one decade. The ‘Yahoo star’ image that he achieved through this film, he retained throughout his career for more than a decade. For all movies where debut heroines were benefited most to play a lead role opposite Shammi, Junglee is that single movie where Shammi Kapoor got benefited most, throughout his acting career though he worked opposite a new heroine.
Kalpana Mohan (Professor – 1962) – Kalpana made her Bollywood debut through Professor in 1962, and this movie was a box office hit. Its music by Shankar Jaikishen was also well received by music fans. She was also paired opposite Kishore Kumar the same year for the movie, Naughty Boy. Though she owned a handful of hits such as Professor, Teen Devian and Pyar Kiye Jaa, she took retirement from the industry in 1967 following her marriage to a naval officer. She is perhaps the only debut heroine of Shammi Kapoor who couldn’t make it big at Bollywood, despite having a magic debut in the industry.
As far as I know, only these four actresses started their Bollywood careers opposite Shammi Kapoor, and all these movies were huge hits at box office. Except Kalpana Mohan, the rest three went on to become big stars of Bollywood. With early 1970s, Shammi Kapoor moved to character roles, and Andaaz was his last solo hit film in a lead role.