Late Superstar Shammi Kapoor’s Son Aditya Kapoor Speaks About His Second Mother, Neela Devi Says How She Refused To Have Kids Of Her Own

Superstar Shammi Kapoor’s son Aditya Kapoor showers praise on his second mother Neela Devi for her brave move of not having her own kids

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Late Superstar Shammi Kapoor’s Son Aditya Kapoor Speaks About His Second Mother, Neela Devi Says How She Refused To Have Kids Of Her Own
Superstar Shammi Kapoor married one of the first female superstars Geeta Bali and had two kids. However, she passed away at the age of 34 due to smallpox within 15 days after she was detected with it. The late superstar’s son Aditya recalling the time when his mother passed, told The Print, “My mother was gone in just 15 days. I had gone on location in rural Punjab where she contracted smallpox… …My mom had picked me up from boarding school and taken me to the location. I spent the whole month with her.”

He continued, “Then she fell ill. My father left his own shoot and picked both of us up. Her condition got worse and finally she died. Dad was doing Teesri Manzil at that time.” Following her death, Shaami Kapoor married Neela Devi and to everyone’s surprise she refused to have kids of her own, as she already had Aditya and Kanchan in her life. Aditya told Subhash K Jha, “It was Neela Devi who made that space for me in our home. She devoted her life to my father, decided not to have any kids of her own because my sister and me were already there. No Hindu woman would do this.”

He continued that he wrote threatening letters to his father to get married, as he wanted a mother. “From boarding school I used to write threatening letters to my father. I used to tell him that I’d run away from school. I told him he could marry any woman he wanted. But I had to have a mother. Neela Devi filled that gap. She turned me from a wounded, anguished, rebellious, howling animal to a human being. Just goes to show, that a mother makes the family. But I never stopped missing my mother Geeta Bali. My first and second mothers were different people.”


Speaking about his father’s success which was followed by rarely anytime left with him to spend with them, Aditya said, “Those were not easy years for me. Mom was gone. Dad had become so successful he had no time for me. Superstars today have organised lives. In my father’s time fans had no access to him through Internet, television or magazines. They’d barge into our home at any time. I was left with no space that I could call my own with my father.” ALSO READ: Neetu Kapoor, Babita And Randhir Kapoor Get Together For Family Lunch At Shammi Kapoor's Wife Neila's Home; See PHOTOS

Unlike his father, Aditya did not taste success and great height in the cinematic world. He featured in movies such as Diwangi Ne Had Kar Di (2010), Isi Life Mein (2010), Say Yes to Love (2012) and Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 (2011). ALSO READ: Shammi Kapoor Death Anniversary: Asha Parekh Remembers Her First And Most Favourite Co-Star; Reveals ‘I Called Him Shammi Chacha’-EXCLUSIVE



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