An actor with a charismatic personality known as a pure gentleman, belonging to the illustrious Kapoor family clan, Shashi Kapoor set the bar even higher in the film industry. Sadly, the romantic screen icon of the 70 and early 80s, passed away in Mumbai on Monday, at the age of 79.
Son of Prithvi Raj Kapoor and brother of Raj Kapoor, faced the camera as a child artist in the 1940s then went on to debut in 1961 with Yash Chopra's Dharmputra. Needless to say that Shashi Kapoor will always be remembered forever for his brilliant choices of acting, direction and production. His hard- hitting dialogues are too hard to forget. "Mere paas Maa hai" from the 1975 film Deewar or "Yeh prem rog hai.. shuru mein dukh deta hai.. bad mein bahut dukh deta hai" from the 1982 film Namak Halaal, these lines still manage to give us the chills! Right?
Here are a list of few movies, which are gold for not just movie aficionados, but is also a reference point for aspiring filmmakers:
Though everyone has more than one reason to remember this film. The 1981 film, was helmed by Yash Chopra featuring Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Rekha and Sanjeev Kumar had Shashi Kapoor in a special appearance, but a prominent one.
Thsi 1982 film was produced by Shashi Kapoor, featuring his son Kunal Kapoor, Amrish Puri, Rekha and Supriya Pathak Shah. The story revolves around a confused teenager Angad who is caught in the martial problems of his parents, and how he chooses to become a fighter pilot with the Indian Air Force.
Everyone will remember this Yash Chopra blockbuster for its fantastic music and the amazing ensemble cast of Shashi Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan, Raakhee, Waheeda Rehman, Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh.
Again, this 1961 film was directed by Yash Chopra and was based on a novel by Acharya Chatursen. Set during the Partition of India, the film showcases issues of religious bigotry and communalism.
Starring all the A- listers of that time, Shashi Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan, Rekha and Parveen Babi, this 1979 film was an absolute success. The collaboration of Mohammad Rafi and Laxmikant Pyarelal created another musical hit. Later, the movie was remade in Telugu as Satyam Shivam starring N. T. Rama Rao and Akkineni Nageswara Rao.
The iconic dialogue "Mere paas maa hai" originated from her. The path- breaking film Deewar, tells the tale of two brothers who because of facing betrayal and struggle, end up growing into men of clashing ideologies, and find themselves standing on the opposite side of the law. Co-starring Amitabh Bachchan, the film has several remakes in south Indian languages.
After his beloved wife Jennifer passed away due to cancer in 1984, Shashi took a step back from the limelight. The more we say, it is still not enough for the ultimate charm house of Bollywood, Shashi Kapoor. We will surely miss you! RIP.