There was a time when Mumtaz and Shammi Kapoor were madly in love with one another reportedly. In any case, the lovebirds didn’t end up getting hitched as Mumtaz refused to wed Shammi Kapoor because of Kapoor’s being extremely strict with their daughter-in-law. In one of her interactions, Mumtaz reportedly uncovered how she was asked to leave her work after marriage to Shammi and she chose her career over him. “I wanted to act. I wanted to achieve something. The Kapoor family was strict about their bahus not working in films.”
She had even shared to ETimes, ” Shammi Kapoor was very loving and caring with me. Nobody would believe that we were in love. Nobody believed that I had said ‘no’ to him for marriage because Shammi’s status in riches was higher; they said ‘how can Mumtaz refuse Shammi?”.
In her recent interaction with Pinkvilla, Mumtaz recalled how she was madly in love with Shammi and he loved her as well and expressed her sadness that they didn’t end up getting hitched, “I was only around 17. He was 18 years older than me. It was too early for me to get married. Mujhe kucch banna tha. (I wanted to achieve something).” She even added that they parted ways mutually and the two of them believed that if they would have been hitched it wouldn’t have ended up. She even praised his second wife Neela Devi and called her a wonderful lady and mentioned that she suited him well and took his very good care.