Feature on Shashi Kapoor
Remembering the doyen of Indian Cinema- Shashi Kapoor
Veteran actor, Shashi Kapoor has been one of the doyens of Indian cinema for a long time now. Considered as one of the most handsome men in the film fraternity, Shashi passed away at the age of 79 and left a legacy behind in Bollywood.
Shashi Kapoor was born in 1938 to actor Prithviraj Kapoor. He was the younger brother of actors Raj and Shammi Kapoor. He started out as a child actor in his brother’s films Aag and Awaara and then made his debut as a leading man in the 1961 film Dharmputra and went on to appear in more than 116 films to date.
Some of his memorable films include Deewar, Junoon, Kabhi Kabhie, Namak Halal, Kaala Pathar. The legendary actor was married to late English actress Jennifer Kendal, with whom he established Prithvi Theatre in 1978. He is survived by his daughter Sanjana, and sons Kunal and Karan.
Shashi Kapoor was mostly known for his cult dialogue Mera Pass Maa Hai along with Amitabh Bachchan in the film Deewar. Shashi shares special chemistry with Big B and gave many memorable hits like Namak Halal. Apart from this, his Prithvi theater which is still functioning has been his idea and a number of star actors are born every day there.
Apart from directing the 1991 Amitabh Bachchan starrer Ajooba, Shashi Kapoor also directed a Russian movie Vozvrashcheniye Bagdadskogo Vora in 1988. In 2015, he was bestowed with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, making him the third member after Prithviraj Kapoor and Raj Kapoor.
Now that he is gone, his work will be remembered for years to come as handsome and talented stars like him are very rare to come by in Indian film industry.