Written by: Samhati Bhattacharjya
Shashi Kapoor, the legendary Bollywood actor, was cremated with state honours at the Santa Cruz Hindu crematorium in Mumbai on Tuesday. The long ailing 79-year-old actor breathed his last on Monday evening at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital.
Known for his charming looks and dynamic personality, the ‘Deewar’ fame ruled the silver screen in the decade of 70s and 80s. He was featured in over 160 movies and made his mark in the film industry with some remarkable performances in films such as ‘Jab Jab Phool Khile’, ‘Namak Halal’, ‘Kalyug’, ‘Kabhi Kabhi’, ‘Sharmeelee’ and so on.
Shashi Kapoor, the youngest son of Prithviraj Kapoor, was also the first Indian actor to work extensively in both Hollywood and British films. After successfully acting in several Hindi and English movies, he donned the producer’s hat. But, this was not all. The late actor also tried his hands at direction.
The ever smiling member of the Kapoor dynasty was also a recipient of the Dadasaheb Phalke award, the highest award in Indian Cinema, and the Padma Bhushan. Let us all remember Shashi Kapoor by taking a look at some of the interesting facts from his journey of life.
1. Shashi Kapoor’s real name was Balbir Raj Kapoor. However, he later changed it to Shashi Kapoor.
2. Yash Chopra’s Dharamputra (1961) was Shashi Kapoor’s first film.
3. Apart from Hindi movies, Shashi Kapoor had worked in 12 English films. His most notable English language films include Shakespeare-Wallah (1963), The Householder (1965), A Matter of Innocence (1967) and many more.
4. Shashi Kapoor acted as a child artist with his elder brother Rishi Kapoor in the film titled Sangram.
5. At the age of 18, Shashi Kapoor became an actor and assistant stage manager.
6. In 1958, Shashi Kapoor got married to Jennifer Kendal. They together have two sons, Kunal and Karan and a daughter named Sanjna.
7. Ajooba, starring Amitabh Bachchan, was Shashi Kapoor’s first film as a director that released in 1991.
8. Shashi Kapoor has worked with Amitabh Bachchan in 12 films. Out of all those films, the former was paid more than Bachchan in nine films.
9. Shashi Kapoor had his own production house called Film Valas. As a producer, he produced films such as Junoon (1978), Kalyug (1981), Utsav (1984), Ajooba (1991) and more.
10. On November 5, 1978, Shashi Kapoor and his wife Jennifer established Prithvi Theatre in Mumbai. Sanjana Kapoor now looks after the Prithvi Theatre.