He’s a part of his grandnephew Ranbir Kapoor’s flick Rockstar, but 79-year-old Shammi Kapoor says both Ranbir and the film’s director Imtiaz Ali had to do a fair share of convincing to get him to come on board. “I was apprehensive about accepting the role because I am in and out of the hospital and also on a wheelchair. Plus, I have to get my dialysis done every two days. I told Imtiaz about my condition, but he said that we will shoot with the gap of a day. I shot for three days. Ranbir and Imtiaz looked after me very well,” he says.The actor, who used to choreograph his own dances in his heyday, says that it was a pleasure to watch Ranbir dance. "Ranbir has the makings of a wonderful actor. I really liked him in Wake Up Sid. There is another film… a serious one that he has done with Katrina…I can’t remember." Rajneeti? "Yes, that film. I haven’t seen it, but he looks good in the trailers and songs," he says.
Shammi also has fond memories of Ranbir’s childhood: “He was a good kid, but naughty. He used to come running and sing classical tunes in my ears.” He adds that his bonding with grandniece Kareena Kapoor is “superb”, too. “Kareena comes to pick me from the hospital sometimes,” he says.
Having shot in Delhi after a gap of seven years, he says, “I noticed a lot of changes — different roads, flyovers. It all looked very good. The weather was really hot, though.”