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Shammi Kapoor’s ashes immersed in Dal Lake


Shammi Kapoor

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Shammi Kapoor, who romanced Bollywood beauties in the snow-capped mountains of Kashmir in films like “Kashmir Ki Kali” and “Junglee” and immortalised the shikara on the Dal Lake in the song “Tareef karun kya uski”, has finally become a part of that surrounding forever — his ashes were immersed in the lake.

The ashes of the actor, who died Aug 14, were immersed by his son Aditya Raj Kapoor Friday.

Aditya Raj was accompanied by his sister Kanchan and actors Shabana Azmi, Vinod Khanna, Asha Parekh, Sharmila Tagore, Poonam Dhillon, Amitabh Bachchan and Tina Ambani.

“Yes, we have immersed the ashes in the Dal Lake,” Aditya Raj told IANS.

Aditya Raj, along with all the actors, left Mumbai for Srinagar for the immersion Friday morning.

A household name among the old and middle-aged locals of Kashmir, the late actor’s family and friends could not have thought of a better farewell to the Bollywood veteran.

“He loved the Dal Lake and his soul will definitely be solaced as his ashes were immersed in the lake of his dreams,” said shikara owner Zahoor Ahmad, 56, on the lake.

Ever since armed violence started here in the early 1990s, it is for the first time that such a galaxy of Bollywood stars has come to the valley.

The Oberoi Hotel overlooking the lake has now been taken over by the Lalit Palace Hotel which is celebrating its centenary this year.

Shammi would always stay in a particular suite of the hotel and scores of his fans would line up to have a glimpse of their matinee idol each morning during his stay in the valley.

“We hope to keep Shammiji’s relationship with Kashmir alive. His friends and family would persuade Bollywood to return to the valley with the same love and attachment as the ‘Junglee’ did all his life,” local travel operator Abdul Hamid said.

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8 Blog Comments to “Shammi Kapoor’s ashes immersed in Dal Lake”

  1. Imran says:

    Nice to know that Shammi saheb’s final wish was granted. Inshallah, he’s at peace now and free of any physical pain that he suffered from due to illness.

  2. ashok kapoor says:

    shammi ji and rafi were ek jism do jaan the. i love and respect both and i alsi sing a song of mohd. rafi

  3. Vijay Bavdekar says:

    Passing away of beloved shammi reminds me the separation of my motherland.(friends 14 th aug is independance day of pakistan)these two events alongwith maestro Rafi’s deparure on 31 jul are engravd on my mind.TUMSA NAHI DEKHA apllies to both Shammi & rafi.

  4. m.a.piroe says:

    Mr.Aditya, We will keep loving your dad for the way he sang “deewana hua badal’and many many other songs. Indeed, he is the Elvis of India.
    May God let his soul rest in Peace.

  5. Uma Maheswar Nakka says:

    Dear Friends
    Good Morning
    Kashmir reflects Legend Late Sri. Shammi Kapoorji’s image and it’s a wonderful idea followed with prompt act of immersing his ashes in Dal Lake.

    And also many many many thanks to Ashaji and Sharmilaji for attending the occasion.
    Though he is not there physically, he lives immortal in our hearts.
    Definitely Shammiji’s soul will rest in Peace.

    With Blessings
    Uma Maheswar Nakka

  6. shammiji was king of kasmir valleys aha he is was he will remain rajkumar of my heart jinhe hum bholna chaye woh hamesha her pal yaad aate hai.<3jindagi ki her lamha mai aaki yaaden basi hai aur jab tak ssanse tab tak aap ka naam aur rafiji ka naam hamesha mere rom rom mai basa rahega.woh jab yaad aaye baht yaad aaye shammiji aap woh ho jise bhol ker bhi nahi bhool sakte i love u from the very vrey dep dep core of my heart soul

  7. sundeep pahwa says:

    the valley of kashmir where shammi saheb shot many a films was the right
    place to immerse his ashes thanks aditya and his sister kanchan for doing
    a memorable deed for thier father we all his fans always associate the
    junglee,janwar,budtameez,prince,lattsaheb to the various songs picturised
    on him at the dal amazed and very happy to see that sharmila tagore and
    asha parekh were there both started thier carrier with the one and only
    shammi kapoor sundeep pahwa new delhi

  8. vinod mehru says:

    aaditya ne yeh bahut achha kaam kiya hai , ashammi saheb bhi ek visit karna chahte the par unki adhuri ichha ko poora kiya hai aaditya ne, god grace rest in peace to soul of dear shammi ji and god bless aaditya

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