Veteran actor Shashi Kapoor gets Dada Saheb Phalke Award

Veteran actor Shashi Kapoor gets Dada Saheb Phalke Award

Veteran actor-producer Shashi kapoor has been named for the prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke Award. Here is a glimpse of his journey in Bollywood.

Veteran actor-producer Shashi kapoor has been named for the prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke Award. Here is a glimpse of his journey in Bollywood.

The actor who turned 77 on the 18th of this month is known for his performances in films like ‘Jab Jab Phool Khile’, ‘Deewar’ and ‘Kabhi Kabhie’. He stepped into the world of acting at the age of four, when he used to perform in plays directed by his father Prithviraj Kapoor. (Source: Express archive)

Bollywood's veteran actor Shashi Kapoor, born as Balbir Raj Prithviraj Kapoor on March 18, 1938 in Kolkata, belongs to film dynasty of Bollywood – The Kapoor Family.
Film star Prithviraj Kapoor (3rd from left) with family. From left: Shammi Kapoor, Jennifer Shashi Kapoor, Raj Kapoor, Ramsarni Kapoor, Neela Shammi Kapoor, Prithviraj Kapoor, Krishna Raj Kapoor and Shashi Kapoor. (Source: Express archive)

In the family, Shashi Kapoor is the younger brother of Raj Kapoor and Shammi Kapoor, the son of Prithviraj Kapoor, the widower of Jennifer Kendal, and father of Karan Kapoor, Kunal Kapoor and Sanjana Kapoor. (Source: Express archive)

Shashi Kapoor met English actress Jennifer Kendal in Calcutta in 1956 while both were working for their respective theatre groups. After their subsequent meetings, the couple fell in love and after facing initial opposition from Kendal and support from sister-in-law Geeta Bali, they got married in July 1958. (Source: Express archive)

They acted in a number of films together, most notably in Merchant Ivory productions. They had three children: Kunal Kapoor, Karan Kapoor and Sanjana Kapoor. Jennifer and Shashi established Prithvi theatre on 5 November 1978 in Mumbai. Jennifer died of cancer in 1984 which shattered Shashi Kapoor. The English actress Felicity Kendal is his sister-in-law. (Source: Express archive)

Shashi Kapoor has appeared in 160 movies - 12 in English and 148 in Hindi language. (Source: Express archive)

The celebrated actor was honoured with the Padma Bhushan by the Government of India in 2011 for his contribution to the film industry. (Source: Express archive)

Shashi Kapoor, from the age of four, had been acting in plays directed and produced by his father Prithviraj Kapoor. (Source: Express archive)

He started acting in films as a child in the late 1940s, appearing in commercial films including Sangram (1950), Dana Paani (1953) under the name of Shashiraj.
A still from Sangram. (Source: Express archive)

His best known performances as child artist were in Aag (1948) and Awaara (1951), where he played the younger version of the characters played by his older brother Raj Kapoor and Sangram (1950), where he played younger version of Ashok Kumar. (Source: Express archive)

Shashi Kapoor made his debut as a leading man in the 1961 film Dharmputra and went on to appear in 116 Hindi films, including 61 films as the solo lead hero and 55 multi star-cast films, 21 films as supporting actor and special appearance in 7 films. (Source: Express archive)

From the 1970s to early 1980s, Shashi Kapoor starred alongside Pran in 9 films which include Biradari, Chori Mera Kaam, Phaansi, Shankar Dada, Chakkar Pe Chakkar, Rahu Ketu and Maan Gaye Ustaad. (Source: Express archive)

Shashi Kapoor also had a popular pairing with megastar Amitabh Bachchan and the two co-starred in a total of 12 films: Roti Kapda Aur Makaan (1974), Deewaar (1975), Kabhi Kabhie (1976), Immaan Dharam (1977), Trishul (1978), Kaala Patthar (1979), Suhaag (1979), Do Aur Do Paanch (1980), Shaan (1980), Silsila (1981), Namak Halaal (1982), and Akayla (1991). (Source: Express archive)

Shashi Kapoor was regularly cast with Sanjeev Kumar also in films like Mukti (1977), Trishul, Muqaddar (1978), Swayamvar(1980), Sawaal (1982), and Pakhandi (1984). Shashi Kapoor, being a senior, more popular and considered the better actor, was paid more than his male co-stars like Amitabh Bachchan, Vinod Khanna, Jeetendra, Randhir Kapoor, and Rishi Kapoor. (Source: Express archive)

After the death of his wife in 1984, Shashi Kapoor started slowly gaining weight and this resulted him in moving to character roles in films like Alag Alag, Ilzaam (1986), and Sindoor (1987). (Source: Express archive)

Shashi Kapoor has accepted very few roles as a character actor in films since 1987. He acted with Pierce Brosnan in The Deceivers (1988). and won a National (special jury) Award for his performance in Muhafiz (1994). (Source: Express archive)

Shashi Kapoor's last and most recent film appearances were in Jinnah (1998), in which he was the narrator and another Merchant Ivory production titled Side Streets (1998). (Source: Express archive)

Shashi Kapoor has now retired from the film industry and did not appear in any film since. He was seen in the limelight at the Shashi Kapoor Film Festival held in Muscat, Oman in September 2007.
Shashi Kapoor's hand impression tile was unveiled by Kunal on behalf of his father for 'Walk of the Stars' at Prithvi Theatre. (Photo: Varinder Chawla)