Audience will soon shift from theatres to mobile: Shammi Kapoor

Audience will soon shift from theatres to mobile: Shammi Kapoor

Audience will soon shift from theatres to mobile: Shammi Kapoor

Veteran Indian Bollywood actor Shammi Kapoor. AFP

"With technology evolving rapidly, I feel two generations down the line people can see movies directly at home. They can plug into any movie by way of putting some coins over phone, download it and then watch it," Kapoor, one of the leading Internet users in B-town, said.

The 78-year-old netizen-actor is the founder and Chairman of Internet Users Community of India (IUCI) and has played a major role in setting up Internet organisations like Ethical Hackers Association.

The veteran actor, who maintains a website dedicated to the 'Kapoor family', said, "Even before Internet came to India I had made use of it. I knew about emails, online shopping and other things. We can see technology is useful in many ways - with just a click we can get so many things done in no time."

Shammi will be soon seen sharing his special moments with fans through a video blog in a series of short 2-3 minute web episodes titled 'Shammi Kapoor Unplugged'.

"I have always believed in keeping myself abreast with latest technology," Kapoor said.
Comparing the yesteryear movie-making with today's, he said, "Technology has evolved and people get to see varied types of films. Also, Indian cinema has travelled abroad. All this is good, but where is the melodious music?."

"In my time, after watching a movie people would come of the theatre humming its songs. They would carry them home and sing in bathroom. But we don't get to see that (now)," Shammi said.

Asked whether today's songs have a recall value, Kapoor said, "don't ask me about it, ask A R Rahman."

Shammi, who has been seen in public on a wheelchair said, he undergoes dialysis three times a week and is thankful to God for being alive.

"God has so wonderfully kept me alive. I can do a little bit of walkabout here and there," he said.

But will he be making a comeback? and the actor said, "I don't think I am ever going to be making any comeback. Wouldn't that be asking too much from God?"

Shammi debuted in Bollywood in 1953, with 'Jeevan Jyoti' and went on to deliver hits like 'Tumsa Nahin Dekha', 'Budtameez', 'Junglee', 'Jaanwar', 'China Town', `Professor',
'Kashmir Ki Kali', 'Teesri Manzil', 'An Evening In Paris', 'Bramhachari', and 'Andaaz'.

He was last seen as a character actor in 2006 film, 'Sandwich'.