Filmfare Awards was recently aired on Telly. And apart from the usual fart jokes that floated around with SRK and Saif in the hosting shoes, the highest point of this year’s show was the Lifetime Achievement Award honoured to none other than Balbir Raj Kapoor or as we popularly know him – Shashi Kapoor.
Now, I am a big fan of Shashi jee. But when it comes to fandom, I am miles away from it, considering the existence of fangirls such as Beth whose Shashi fandom [ Beth’s house of Shashi ], can give the Twilight Tweens a run for their money. But the body of work that Shashi Kapoor has done over his life speaks for itself. From commercial to international cinema to producing some of the best of Indian cinema, Shashi Kapoor adds up to one word – Uncompromising. While his peers and contemporaries gave in to the Ooty revolution and Ketchup bloodshed, Shashi Kapoor gave us Utsav, New Delhi Times, Junoon and 36 Chowringee Lane. Yes, he gave us Ajooba as well, but then, that is a classic too in a whole another level [and I know most of you’d agree].
Filmfare’s lovely Lifetime Achievement Award this year couldn’t have been more justified. And I couldn’t resist posting a whole post dedicated to the Awesome Shashi Kapoor. So without any further ado, I give to you the lovely screencaps I managed to pull from the Filmfare montage piece. [ Go hit the jump to see the awesome pics ].
Born in 1938, to the Kapoor family from Calcutta, Balbir Raj Kapoor was embraced by the Indian film industry at the tender age of 12.
1948 and 1951 saw him play the younger version of Raj Kapoor’s character in Aag and Aawara respectively.
Jab Jab Phool Khile – who doesn’t remember Pardesiyo se Naa Ankhiya Milaana, and of course – Humko Tumpe Pyaar Aaya.
Amongst commercially successful roles in movies such as Deewar, Sharmilee, Roti Kapda Aur Makaan, Aa Gale Lag Jaa, Kabhi Kabhie, and many others, Shashi Kapoor also gave us one of his most unconventional roles and spellbounding performance as Javed Khan in Junoon
And of course, his collaboration with Merchant Ivory productions is loved all over. My personal favourite – Shakespeare Wallah
Here seen with Shammi Kapoor and Dharamendra.
In 1958, Shashi Kapoor married English theatre actress – Jennifer Kendal, and they acted together in numerous Merchant Ivory productions. With the setting up of his own film production company Film Vala in 1980, Shashi Kapoor produced many critically acclaimed movies such as Kalyug, Utsav, 36 Chowringee Lane [starring his wife Jennifer]
His three children – Karan, Kunal and Sanjana have been associated with films, advertising, and theatre.
Shashi Kapoor and his daughter Sanjana Kapoor have played the major role in keeping Prithvi theatre alive. One of the oldest theatres in Mumbai, Prithvi theatre, named after Shashi Kapoor’s father – Prithvi Raj Kapoor, ran from 1944 to 1960. It was re-opened in 1978 by Shashi Kapoor and his wife Jennifer and in 1993, the Prithvi Theatre company was established and is now run by Sanjana Kapoor.
Salute to the Actor
Salute to the Filmmaker
Salute to the Man
This is what Shammi Kapoor had to say in the Filmfare montage:
He’s done a great job all his life. He’s been doing some things which everyone should be proud of. I’m mighty proud of you. God Bless Sasha. *Mwaa*
***** APPLAUSE *****
This is such an emotional moment. I know it for sure that my mum must have seen this, and she must’ve been in tears [ and so was I ].
Shashi jee receiving the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award – It must’ve got so nostalgic. The memories of the years in the Hindi film industry.
Someone stop Yashraj from speaking.. in English and in Hindi. He mumbles, and he mumbles so fast.
***** APPLAUSE *****
P.S. Is that Kunal Kapoor , Shashi jee’s son, [ I think I have seen him in just one movie – 1982 – Vijeta directed by Govind Nihalani? Any idea?
And to end the post, let’s end it on a happy note by giving you a dosage of the Happy Shashi memories.
Courtesy Beth: Multi-Color Shashi
Immortal Bromance – Shashitabh
And the SHAANdar Jodi – yes, Shashitabh again!
SHASHI KAPOOR, the Legend Lives on…