date_range 02 Apr, 2020

Our Last Tribute To The Late Actor Shashi Kapoor

**Born March 18, 1938 in Calcutta, Bengal Presidency, British India**

**Died December 4, 2017 in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India (chest infection)**

** Balbir Raj Kapoor **aka **Shashi Kapoor is one of the leading actors of Indian cinema **has appeared in 160 movies. He has appeared in 148 Hindi films - of them played the solo lead hero in 61 films, was a lead hero in 53 released multi-star cast Hindi films, 2 unreleased multi-star film, and 21 Hindi films had him in supporting role, worked in 4 films as a child artist and made 7 guest appearances.

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**Shashi Kapoor** is the youngest son of theater and film actor **Prithviraj Kapoor and his wife Ramsarni "Rama" Mehra Kapoor. **Shashi grew up traveling around the country with his father's acting trope **"Prithvi Theatres"** from 1940-59. He began appearing on stage from the age of four. He also began working in films in the early 1940s. As a child, he appeared in 4 films from 1948-53 which includes 2 films of his **eldest brother Raj Kapoor **as the hero and Sangram, where** Shashi played Ashok Kumar.**

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**By 1956, an 18-year old Shashi** was both actor and assistant stage manager for **"Prithvi Theatre." **That year, "Shakespeareana" --a traveling theater group under **English actor Geoffrey Kendal,** and "Prithvi Theatre" were both booked to play in Calcutta. While checking the audience reaction from backstage,** Shashi's glance fell on Jennifer Kendal.** Shashi soon learned she was playing Miranda in "The Tempest," and secured an introduction.

The two began courting and expressed a desire to wed. **Geoffrey Kendal** was uncertain about losing not only his daughter but his leading lady and theater manager. He insisted that the couple wait at least two years. **Shashi began touring with "Shakespeareana" and in 1958** he again asked for **Jennifer's hand in marriage and was again refused.** However, Jennifer decided to go against her father's wishes, and in July of 1958, the couple was married in the traditional Indian style in Bombay.

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**Shashi and Jennifer had three children; Kunal Kapoor, an actor and ad director, Karan Kapoor a photographer and sometimes actor, and Sanjana Kapoor ** an actress who has run **Prithvi Theatre in Mumbai since 1993.** After his wife** Jennifer died of cancer in 1984, **Shashi started becoming obese and began taking on fewer roles in films, and shifted his focus to character roles.His first break as supporting actor after he became obese was given by **Rajesh Khanna in film Alag Alag** where his role along with the lead pair of the film was appreciated.

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**He won the Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award for Deewaar (1975).** He won two Filmfare Best Movie Awards for his work as producer and star of** Junoon (1979) and Kalyug (1981).He co-starred in 11 films with Amitabh Bachchan of which 4 (Deewar, Trishul, Suhaag, Namak Halal) were successful,1 (Kala Pathar)was average hit **and rest 6 were flops.

** Shashi Kapoor did 61 solo lead hero films in Hindi and, **of them, 35 were super-hits. Shashi did 55 multi-star cast movies where Shashi was one of the lead heroes and, of them, 33 were super-hits, 20 were flops, 2 remain unreleased.
**In 2010, Shashi was presented with the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award.**

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