The most charming of all Kapoors, Shashi Kapoor, 79 passed away in Mumbai after a prolonged illness. He starred in nearly 200 films, many of which were iconic blockbusters as well as Merchant Ivory films where he played unique characters. Among his top films, Kalyug, Deewar with the famous dialogue mere paas maa hai, jab jab phool khile and many others

Simi Garewal, his co-actor in films of that era said of him, “last of that generation of Kapoors gone. A gentleman and friend gone. An era gone.. All that remains are his films…and precious memories.. ? RIP Shashi-ji.”

He was called the charming prince of Bollywood and several national film awards, aside of the Padma Bhushan in 2011. He also acted in a number of British and American films. “I first fell in love with Shashi Kapoor in Junoon,” says Ideas Editor at SheThePeople Kiran Manral. “I fell in love with him again in Satyam Shivam Sundaram. Then Kalyug. All flawed heroes. He brought to the screen his smouldering good looks, a solid grounding in theatre and a quiet intensity that acted every one else out of the frame. At Prithvi Theatre, he was a quiet presence yet overpowering, until his health began failing him. He gave back to acting, to theatre much more than it gave him. He will be missed, for all the grace and gravitas he could bring to every movie he was part of, whether gritty art film or potboiler Bollywood.”

I fell in love with him again in Satyam Shivam Sundaram. Then Kalyug. All flawed heroes. He brought to the screen his smouldering good looks, a solid grounding in theatre and a quiet intensity- Kiran Manral

He was married to Jennifer, who was the founder of Prithvi Theatre, an iconic place for acting talent in the heart of Mumbai. This was then carried ahead as legacy by daughter Sanjana.

An era gone.. All that remains are his films…and precious memories-Simi Garewal

Shashi married an English actress by the name of Jennifer Kendal who was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for the 1981 film 36 Chowringhee Lane. Her other film appearances included Bombay Talkie (1970), Junoon (1978), Heat and Dust (1983), and Ghare Baire (1984).

 

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