The Legend and Superstar, Shashi Kapoor is not anymore with us, but his contribution to the Bollywood industry will continually be remembered. The actor who brought alive so many characters on screen passed away at the age of 79. The legendary actor who was affected by prolonged illness for quite some time was admitted due to chest infection at Kokilaben Hospital, Mumbai on 3 December 2017 and took his final breath on Monday evening on 4 December 2017 due to prolonged liver cirrhosis.
The veteran actor, who used to be part of over a hundred and fifty films, was a famous title in the Hindi movie enterprise and was a recipient of the Dadasaheb Phalke award, the best possible award in Indian Cinema, and the Padma Bhushan.
From Namak Halaal to Deewar, the actor was part of movies that will normally be considered evergreen in the world of cinema. The youngest son of Prithviraj Kapoor, Shashi Kapoor entered the arena of films at the age of four from his father Prithviraj Chauhan’s play shows.
He began traveling around the globe with the Prithvi Theatre, an acting troupe led by the Kapoors. Along with his charming charisma and Kapoor genes, he became the sweetheart of Bollywood very quickly.Being wealthy and famous, Shashi Kapoor by no means invested cash in every other trade other than cinema and theatre industry. The legendary actor believed funding only within the Indian cinema.He was the first Indian Actor who went International.
Shashi Kapoor who immensely contributed to the Indian cinemas was presented with the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke award with the aid of Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Arun Jaitley.
Here are lesser known facts about Late Shashi Kapoor that you might not know:
1. Shashi Kapoor’s actual name was Balbir Raj Kapoor but he later changed it to Shashi.
2. Shashi got his first Filmfare for film ‘Deewaar’ in 1975 and later he got two more Filmfare for Junoon and Kalyug both the films were also produced by him.
3. Shashi Kapoor did total 160 films out of which 148 are Bollywood movies and 12 are English as well His most notable English language films include Shakespeare-Wallah (1963), The Householder (1965), A Matter of Innocence (1967) and many more.Out of all 160 films, he worked as the Lead actor in just 61 movies.
4. Shabana Azmi is the biggest fan of Shashi Kapoor and revealed that she used to save money in an effort to buy posters and cards of him.
5. Shashi got married to Jennifer Kendal, Geoffrey Kendal’s daughter (a theatre group actor) in 1958 and has 3 children Kunal Kapoor who is an actor and director in Bollywood, Karan Kapoor a photographer and part-time actor, and the younger one Sanjana Kapoor.
6. Shashi Kapoor became an actor and assistant stage manager at the age of 18 and He was one of the first Indian stars to go cross over to the cinema in the West.
7. Shashi Kapoor’s first film as a director was Ajooba starring Amitabh Bachchan, which released in 1991.
8. Shashi Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan worked together in 11 films out of which only 4 films did well on box office.
9. Shashi Kapoor had his own production house known as Film Valas, which produced films like Junoon (1978), Kalyug (1981), Utsav (1984), Ajooba (1991) and more.He and his wife Jennifer established Prithvi Theatre on 5 November 1978, in Mumbai. Their daughter Sanjana Kapoor now looks after the Prithvi Theatre.
May his soul rest in peace.