Shashi Kapoor , the ever smiling, scintillating son of doyen Prithviraj Kapoor, has left indelible impressions on the celluloid with his distinctive performances through scores of flicks in the 60s, 70s and 80s. Though belonging to the illustrious Kapoor clan, Shashi a.k.a Shashi Raj carved a great career for himself by the dint of his dashing personality and hard work. Shashi learnt the lesson of hard work from his eldest brother Raj- whom he not only idolizes but also calls him a ‘tough task master’.

Shashi was born as Balbir Raj on 18th March 1938 as the younger brother of Raj and Shammi in Calcutta. Under the gigantic shadow of his father, Shashi imbibed the ‘orthodox skills of theatre’, which are manifested in his personality till date. He was a reluctant entrant into the ‘masala movies’ as his first love was always theatre. But once aboard the ‘Bollywood Bandwagon’ Shashi became the versatile entertainer, who could churn out virtually every kind of performance under the sun.

His rendezvous with Jennifer Kendall, the daughter of famous theatre actors, George and Laura Kendall of Shakespeare repertory at Calcutta, proved to be a turning point in his life. It was love at first sight and after a brief of courtship they got married. Jennifer was to etch the ‘European influences’ into his acting style. Probably this east-west union made Shashi one of the most familiar faces in western movie world.

Shashi had made his debut in Hindi films as a child artist. He had played the young Raj Kapoor in Aawara (1951). Through his teens he was often seen on the stage with his father’s troupe. By the 60s, Shashi had fallen into prolific filmmaking. Shashi got big break with Yash Chopra’s ‘Dharamputra’ (1961) and Bimal Roy’s ‘Prempatra’. But these ‘Putra’ and ‘Patra’ affair could hardly launch him into the galaxy of stars to which, now he earnestly yearned to belong.

A family drama titled ‘Mehndi Lagi Mere Haath‘ (1962) with co-stars Nanda and Ashok Kumar, PL Santoshi’s ‘Holiday in Bombay’ (1963), Benazir (1965) with tragedy queen Meena Kumari followed but failed to click. But none could provide him with name, fame and finances he was looking for. James Ivory’s English film ‘Shakespearewallah’ cast with Shashi and Kendalls made a landmark in the history of filmmaking.

But it were finally ‘Jab Jab Phool Khile‘ (1965) with brother Shammi and Nanda and Waqt (1965) with Nanda and Sunil Dutt that brought the much wanted acclaim to Shashi Kapoor — he was to enjoy through out his life. Once this legend was in orbit, he didn’t let his fortunes to dip.

Like a true “Kapoor” he rubbed shoulders with all great contemporary stars ‘Dharmendra, Rajesh Khanna, Amitabh, Sanjiv Kumar, Jeetendra and Rajinder Kumar and Raj Kumar. Shashi immortalised himself with all time favourite song: ‘Ley Jayenge’Dilwale ‘ Dulhani Lye Jay Jayenge” in ‘Chor Machaye Shor (1974) done with petite Mumtaz.

Shashi Kapoor won the Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award for Deewar (1975). His dialogue ‘Mere Paas Ma Hain” became firmly ensconced in every cinegoer’s memory for eternity. Shayam Benegal’s Junoon with Nafisa Ali saw him portraying a ‘Nawab‘ with emotiveness that can be expected only of a stage actor. From ‘Faqira’ onwards Shashi Kapoor acted in large number of films with success, which took his overall film tally to over two hundred. He did noteworthy roles in Hira Aur Pathar, Chor Sipahi, Ahuti, Shaan, Suhaag, Silsila, Namak Halaal (1983), Bhawani Junction (1985) and those were the times when Shashi rode like a colossal in the industry. He would always be loved for his roles in buddy Ismail Merchant’s Householder (1969), Heat and Dust (1982) and In Custody (1994). Mid way he also tried his hand at some inconsequential directorial and production ventures.

But as we said earlier, there is more to Shashi than the casual entertainer. In 1978, he with his wife Jennifer resurrected the Prithvi Theatres in Bombay in the fond of memory of his father. Shashi showed his love for the theatre art, which was fast losing out to the shine of the tinsel. But unfortunately, Jennifer caught with cancer left the world forever in 1984. Shashi was crestfallen. Nevertheless, he didn’t let the tragedy overtake his gusto for life. He started taking keen interest in charities for Cancer Research (It is a great irony that he lost his father, mother and wife to this malady).

His three children are well settled in life. While Karan is an established photographer in London, Kunal runs an advertising agency and Sanjana has taken over the responsibility of running the Prithvi Theatres.

 

Movies Done By Shashi Kapoor

  • 1945 Tadbir
  • 1948 Aag Young Kewal Child artist
  • 1950 Sangram Young Raja Child artist
  • 1951 Awaara Young Raj Child artist
  • 1953 Parineeta Lakshman(Shekhar’s Servant) Uncredited
  • 1961 Dharmputra Dilip Rai First adult role
  • 1961 Char Diwari Sunil
  • 1962 Prem Patra Arun Kumar Mathur
  • 1962 Mehndi Lagi Mere Haath Deepak
  • 1963 The Householder Prem Sagar English Film
  • 1963 Yeh Dil Kisko Doon Anand / Raja
  • 1963 Jab Se Tumhen Dekha Hai Qawwali singer Cameo appearance along with Shammi Kapoor
  • 1963 Holiday in Bombay Nath
  • 1964 Benazir Anwar
  • 1965 Shakespeare Wallah Sanju English film
  • 1965 Waqt Vijay Kumar
  • 1965 Jab Jab Phool Khile Raja Won – BFJA Awards for Best Actor
  • 1965 Mohabbat Isko Kehte Hain Vijay
  • 1966 Pyar Kiye Jaa Ashok Verma
  • 1966 Neend Hamari Khwab Tumhare Anwar
  • 1966 Biradari Rajan
  • 1967 Dil Ne Pukara Dr. Prakash
  • 1967 Pretty Polly Amaz Hudeen English Film
  • 1967 Aamne Samne Deepak / Gopal
  • 1968 Haseena Maan Jayegi Rakesh / Kamal Dual role
  • 1968 Kanyadaan Amar Kumar
  • 1968 Juaari Rakesh
  • 1969 Raja Saab Raju
  • 1969 Pyar Ka Mausam Sunder / Sunil / Pyarelal
  • 1969 Jahan Pyar Mile
  • 1969 Ek Shrimaan Ek Shrimati Preetam
  • 1970 Suhana Safar Sunil
  • 1970 Rootha Na Karo Sudhir
  • 1970 Abhinetri Shekhar
  • 1971 Sharmeelee Ajit Kapoor
  • 1971 Patanga Shyam
  • 1972 Chori Chori Special appearance
  • 1972 Siddhartha Siddhartha English film
  • 1972 Jaanwar Aur Insaan Shekhar
  • 1973 Aa Gale Lag Jaa Prem
  • 1974 Chor Machaye Shor Vijay Sharma
  • 1974 Paap Aur Punya Ganga Singh / Jwala Singh
  • 1974 5 Rifles Uncredited
  • 1974 Roti Kapda Aur Makaan Mohan
  • 1975 Anari Raj
  • 1975 Deewaar Inspector Ravi Verma Won – Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor
  • 1975 Chori Mera Kaam Bholanath
  • 1976 Kabhi Kabhie Vijay Khanna Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor
  • 1976 Shankar Dada Shankar Dada / Police Inspector Ram Double role
  • 1976 Fakira Fakira
  • 1976 Naach Uthe Sansaar Karmu
  • 1976 Koi Jeeta Koi Haara
  • 1976 Deewaangee Shekhar
  • 1976 Aap Beati Ranjit
  • 1976 Jai Bajrang Bali Lakshman
  • 1977 Immaan Dharam Mohan Kumar Saxena
  • 1977  Hira Aur Patthar Shankar
  • 1977 Mukti Kailash Sharma
  • 1977 Doosra Aadmi Shashi Saigal Cameo Appearance
  • 1977  Farishta Ya Qatil Nitin
  • 1977 Chor Sipahee CBI Inspector Shankar
  • 1977 Chakkar Pe Chakkar Ravi Kumar
  • 1978 Rahu Ketu Ravi Kapoor
  • 1978 Phaansi Raju
  • 1978 Satyam Shivam Sundaram Rajiv
  • 1978 Trishul Shekhar Gupta
  • 1978 Do Musafir Raju / Vicky
  • 1978 Trishna Vinod
  • 1978 Apna Khoon Ram Verma
  • 1978 Muqaddar Ramu Dada
  • 1978 Heeralaal Pannalaal Heeralaal
  • 1978 Atithee Anand
  • 1978 Amar Shakti Chhota Kumar / Amar Singh
  • 1978 Aahuti Laxman Prasad
  • 1979 Gautam Govinda Inspector Gautam
  • 1979 Junoon Javed Khan Won – National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi (as producer)
  • 1979 Duniya Meri Jeb Mein Karan Khanna
  • 1979 Kaala Patthar Ravi Malhotra
  • 1979 Ahsaas Anil Sahni
  • 1979 Suhaag Kishan Kapoor
  • 1980 Jise Tu Kabool Kar Le
  • 1980  Kali Ghata Prem
  • 1980  Do Aur Do Paanch Sunil / Laxman
  • 1980 Neeyat Vijay
  • 1980 Ek Do Teen Chaar
  • 1980 Shaan Ravi Kumar
  • 1980 Swayamvar Laxman
  • 1980 Shiv Shakti Special Appearance
  • 1980 Kaala Pani
  • 1980 Ganga Aur Suraj Suraj / Vijay
  • 1981 Pyar To Hona Hi Tha
  • 1981 Krodhi CBI Officer Kumar Sahni
  • 1981 Kranti Shakti
  • 1981 Kalyug Karan Singh Won – Filmfare Award for Best Film (as producer)
  • 1981 Silsila Shekhar Malhotra Special Appearance
  • 1981 Baseraa Balraj Kohli
  • 1981 Ek Aur Ek Gyaarah Anand
  • 1981 Maan Gaye Ustaad Kishan / Prince Daulat Singh / Jhanjhat Khan
  • 1982 Do Guru
  • 1982 Vakil Babu Shekhar
  • 1982 Namak Halaal Raja Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor
  • 1982 Sawaal Inspector Ravi Malhotra
  • 1982 Bezubaan Kumar
  • 1982 Vijeta Nihaal
  • 1983 Heat and Dust The Nawab English film
  • 1983 Gehri Chot – Urf: Durdesh Arun Khanna in Hindi / Harun Khan in Bengali “Bangladesh,Canada,India Joint production” Hindi, Bengali, Urdu language, Bengali named Durdesh
  • 1983 Ghungroo Senapati Vikram Singh
  • 1983 Bandhan Kuchchey Dhaagon Ka Prem Kapoor
  • 1984 Pakhandi Kishore
  • 1984 Ghar Ek Mandir Prem Special Appearance
  • 1984 Zameen Aasmaan Dr. Kailash Special Appearance
  • 1984 Utsav Samsthanak
  • 1984 Yaadon Ki Zanjeer Munna – Avinash
  • 1984 Chakma
  • 1984 Bandh Honth
  • 1985 Pighalta Aasman Suraj Arora / Prakash Arora
  • 1985 Aandhi-Toofan Inspector Ranjit Singh Extended Guest Appearance
  • 1985 Bepanaah Ravi Malhotra
  • 1985 Alag Alag Dr. Rana
  • 1985 Bhavani Junction Raja Bhavani Pratap
  • 1986 Ilzaam Police Commissioner Ranjit Singh
  • 1986 Swati Dr. Rajendra Prasad
  • 1986 Maa Beti Khetan’s dad
  • 1986 Kissa Kathmandu Ka Feluda Episode: “Kissa Kathmandu Kaa”-New Delhi Times Vikas Pandey Won – National Film Award for Best Actor-Won – BFJA Awards for Best Actor
  • 1986 Ek Main Aur Ek Tu
  • 1986 Aurat
  • 1987 Ghar Ka Sukh Special Appearance
  • 1987 Anjaam Thakur
  • 1987 Ijaazat Sudha’s Husband Special Appearance
  • 1987 Sindoor Professor Vijay Choudhury
  • 1987 Sammy and Rosie Get Laid Rafi Rahman English film
  • 1987 Pyar Ki Jeet Dr. Rehman
  • 1987 Naam O Nishan Inspector Sangram Singh
  • 1988 Woh Mili Thi Special appearance
  • 1988 Commando Inspector
  • 1988 Hum To Chale Pardes
  • 1988 The Deceivers Chandra Singh English film
  • 1989 Bandook Dahej Ke Seenay Par
  • 1989 Meri Zabaan Raja Vijay Singh Negative role
  • 1989 Farz Ki Jung Vikram
  • 1989 Gair Kaanooni Kapil Khanna
  • 1989 Clerk Mr. Kapoor Hindi film
  • 1989 Touhean Dr. Rizvi
  • 1989 Oonch Neech Beech Motilal
  • 1989 Jaaydaad Advocate Malhotra
  • 1989 Apna Ghar
  • 1989 Akhri Muqabla
  • 1991 Akayla Police Commissioner
  • 1994 Saboot Mangta Hain Kanoon Raja-In Custody Nur Won – National Film Award – Special Jury Award / Special Mention
  • 1994 Vivekananda
  • 1995 Faisla Main Karungi Inspector Ajitkumar Singh
  • 1996 Gulliver’s Travels Rajah TV miniseries
  • 1998 Jinnah Narrator English film
  • 1998 Side Streets Vikram Raj English film
  • 1998 Ghar Bazar Amar (Special Appearance)
  • 1998 Dirty British Boys Villain

 

Shashi Kapoor As Producer

  • Junoon (1978)
  • Kalyug (1980)
  • 36 Chowringhee Lane (1981)
  • Vijeta (1982)
  • Utsav (1984)
  • Ajooba (1991)

 

Shashi Kapoor As Assistant Director

  • Manoranjan (1974)
  • Ajooba (1991)
  • Dulha Dulhan (1964)
  • Shriman Satyawadi (1960)
  • Guest House (1959)
  • Post Box 999 (1958)

 

Director Done By Shashi Kapoor

  • Ajooba (1991)
  • Vozvrashcheniye Bagdadskogo Vora (1988)[Russian language]

 

Awards Received By Shashi Kapoor

  • 2011 – Padma Bhushan by the Government of India
  • 2015 – Dadasaheb Phalke Award-Winner
  • 1994 – National Film Award – Special Jury Award / Special Mention (Feature Film) for Muhafiz (1993)
  • 1986 – National Film Award for Best Actor for New Delhi Times (1986)
  • 1979 – National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi (as Producer) for Junoon (1978)
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