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Boy Friend is a 1961 Hindi movie directed and produced by Naresh Saigal. The film stars Shammi Kapoor, Madhubala and Dharmendra. The films music is by Shankar Jaikishan and lyrics is by Hasrat jaipuri.Shammi Kapoor,born 21 October 1931 hailed to be the 'Elvis Presley of India', is one of the finest actors that Bollywood has ever produced. He was the leading star of Bollywood during the late 1950s as well as the 1960s.
One of the successful sons of film and theatre actor Prithviraj Kapoor, Shammi was extremely versatile as an actor. He debuted in Bollywood in 1953, with the film 'Jeevan Jyoti' and went on to deliver hits like 'Tumsa Nahin Dekha', 'Dil Deke Dekho', 'Junglee', 'China Town', 'Professor', 'Rajkumar', 'Teesri Manzil', 'An Evening In Paris', 'Bramhachari', and 'Andaaz'.
Shammi Kapoor was known as the 'Elvis Presley of India', for his amusing and energetic roles as well as his amazing dance sequences. Though he started out with serious films, comedy films gradually became his forte.
Movies like 'Tumsa Nahin Dekha' (his first big hit) and 'Dil Deke Dekho' established him in the roles of a light hearted playboy. Some time later, he starred in 'Junglee' (1961) and his new image got consolidated. Majority of his successful films belonged to the same genre. Mohammed Rafi, one of Shammi's friends, was his most preferred choice as his playback voice.
In his initial years in Bollywood, Shammi appeared with established heroines like Madhubala, playing second fiddle to them. With time, he started being paired more often with new heroines. Out of them, Asha Parekh, Saira Banu, and Sharmila Tagore became huge stars in the future.
In the first half of the 1960s, Kapoor was seen in successful films like 'Professor', 'China Town', 'Char Dil Char Rahen', 'Raat ke Raahi', 'Dil Tera Deewana', 'Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya', 'China Town', 'Kashmir Ki Kali', 'Bluff Master', 'Janwar' and 'Rajkumar'. In 1968, he received the first Film fare Award of his career, for 'Best Actor' (Brahmachari).
In the 1970s, Kapoor's weight problem proved an obstacle in his path of success and ended his career as a romantic hero. One of his last hits, in which he played the lead role, was 'Andaz' (1971).
With time, he moved to career roles and acted in films like 'Zameer', 'Hero' and 'Vidhaata'. In 1974, he donned the hat of a director and made 'Manoranjan', a film based on Irma La Douce. Two years later, he made 'Bandalbaaz' (1976). However, both the films failed to create magic at the box office. His last appearance, as a character actor, was in the delayed 2006 film, 'Sandwich'.
He died around 5:15 am, 14 August 2011 at Mumbai Breach Candy hospital, where he was undergoing treatment for chest infection. He died of renal failure.