The Stylish, Charming and Handsome Shashi Kapoor Bids Farewell
Shashi Kapoor, the younger brother of Show-Man (Raj Kapoor) and son of Shehanshah Akbar from Mughl-e-Azam (Prithviraj Kapoor), passed away at the age of 79.
Shashi Kapoor’s original name was Balbir Prithviraj Kapoor and was known for his charming looks, softness and unique dialogue delivery. It is a known fact that before Rajesh Khanna, Shashi Kapoor was the heartthrob of many women from 60’s and early 70’s.
This romantic boy of then tried to go through many experimentation which was not common back in the days. He was an International actor who acted in English and Pakistani films as well. Undoubtedly, Kapoor was a legacy in his self.
Strong bonding with Amitabh Bachchan:
Shashi Kapoor portrayed totally different characters in his initial films like Waqt (1965), Jab Jab Phool Khile (1965) and Neend Hamari Khwab Tumhare (1966). He was loved by everyone in films like Haseena Maan Jayegi, Sharmeelee, and Pyar Ka Mausam. After late 70’s he paired up with many leading men of Bollywood but his bromance is still remembered with Amitabh Bachchan.
Shashi-Amitabh combo gave some amazing box-office hits including films like Roti Kapda Aur Makaan, Deewar, Kabhie Kabhie, Imaan Dharam, Trishul, Kaala Patthar, Suhaag, Do Aur Do Paanch, Shaan, Silsila, Namak Halal, and Akayla. Audience used to love Amitabh and Shashi Kapoor’s combo because Amitabh was the angry young-man of that era and Shashi Kapoor was of softer charm. Till date the chemistry between Amitabh and Shashi Kapoor in Do Aur Do Paanch, Deewar, Shaan and Suhaag are loved and remembered.
Shashi Kapoor The Experimental Actor:
Shashi Kapoor was among those actors who played different characters ranging from romantic hero to obedient son, from con-man to righteous police officer and from character actor to a cameo appearance. Films like Utsav and Junoon made him stand in the queue of those actors who could go to any level to do justice with their characters.
Even in Jinnah, Shashi Kapoor played the part of the narrator. He also acted in international films like Shakespeare-Wallah and Heat and Dust.
10 Most Memorable Songs of Shashi Kapoor:
Shashi Kapoor was a romantic hero and this is the reason why some of the most soulful and melodious tracks are filmed on him. Following are the songs which are still remembered by Shashi Kapoor’s fans;
- Ni Sultana Re – Pyar a Mausam
- Khilte Hain Gul Yahaan – Sharmilee
- Waada Karo Nahin Chhodo Gi – Aa Gale Lag Jaa
- Kehdoon Tumhain – Deewar
- Likhe Jo Khat Tujhe – Kanyadan
- Ek Raasta Hai Zindagi – Kaala Patthar
- Nana Karte Pyar Tum He – Jab Jab Phool Khile
- Chalay Thay Saath Mil Kay – Haseena Maan Jayegi
- Jaan-e-Man Tum Kamaal – Trishul
- Le Jaayenge Le Jaayenge – Chor Machaye Shor
Shashi Kapoor’s On-Screen Leading Ladies:
Shashi Kapoor worked with many A-list actresses of the time. From Nanda to Sharmila Tagore and from Raakhee to Hema Malini, Shashi Kapoor had a great chemistry with them all. He also worked with younger actresses like Zeenat Aman, Parveen Babi, and Rekha.
Awards Won By Shashi Kapoor:
Shashi Kapoor won 3 Filmfare awards for Kalyug, Junoon and Deewar. Plus he was also given a lifetime achievement Filmfare award. In 2011, Shashi Kapoor was awarded with Padmabhushan and with Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2015.
Shashi Kapoor worked with filmmakers like Raj Kapoor, Shyam Benegal, Prakash Mehra, Yash Chopra and Manmohan Desai. An actor like Shashi Kapoor will always be missed, his roles will be remembered by his fans and he will be recalled with much love and regard; may his soul rest in peace.