Watch: Family, Friends and Fans Remember Shashi Kapoor
A memorial service was arranged on Thursday, 7 December, at Prithvi Theatre, in honour of its patron Shashi Kapoor, who passed away on 4 December. The veteran actor established the iconic Mumbai institution in 1978 with wife Jennifer Kendal. The Kapoor family along with film and theatre celebs and fans have gathered together to pay their respects to the much loved actor-filmmaker.
Watch the event live here.
Apart from the Kapoor family, also attending the service are Shashi Kapoor’s colleagues Rakesh Roshan, Jeetendra, Kabir Bedi, Gulzar, Poonam Dhillon and others.
One of Bollywood’s most prolific and beloved actors Shashi Kapoor passed away today at the age of 79. He had been suffering from prolonged illness. The veteran actor-filmmaker is survived by his three children Karan, Kunal, and Sanjna Kapoor.
A leading star in the 60s, 70s and 80s, Shashi followed the Kapoor family legacy early to start acting at the age of four in his father Prithviraj Kapoor’s plays. His name, Balbir Raj Prithviraj Kapoor, was changed to Shashiraj when he started acting in films like Sangram (1950), Dana Paani (1953), Aag (1948) and Awaara (1951), as a child artiste.
He made his debut as a leading man in Dharmputra (1961) and went on to appear in 116 Hindi films. One of the most beautiful men in Indian cinema, Shashi charmed the audience in solo lead films like Sharmeelee (1971), Aa Gale Lag Jaa (1973), Fakira (1976) and Satyam Shivam Sundaram (1978). At the same time, he starred in around 55 multi-starrers including Waqt (1965), Deewaar (1975), Kabhie Kabhie (1976) and Shaan (1980).
Shashi Kapoor was also the first Indian actor to be part of international films. He acted in several Merchant Ivory productions like The Householder (1963), Shakespeare Wallah (1965), Bombay Talkie (1970) and Heat and Dust (1982) and Muhafiz (1994). He also starred in other British and American films such as Pretty Polly (or A Matter Of Innocence (1967), Siddhartha (1972), and Sammy and Rosie Get Laid(1987).