4th December 2020 marks the 82nd Birth Anniversary of the prominent Indian actor and film producer Shashi Kapoor.

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Shashi Kapoor Biography

Shashi Kapoor was born on 4th December 1938 in Kolkata, West Bengal to the Kapoor family. His mother is Ramsarni Mehra Kapoor and father is Prithviraj Kapoor who was an actor, filmmaker and director. He had two elder brothers, actor Raj Kapoor and actor Shammi Kapoor and an elder sister Urmila Sial Kapoor.

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Shashi Kapoor started his acting career at the age of 10 in Raj Kapoor’s 1948 film Aag starring Raj Kapoor, Nargis, Premnath, Nigar Sultana and Kamini Kaushal. His first film in an adult role was in Yash Chopra’s 1961 political drama film Dharmputra, based on Acharya Chatursen’s novel of the same title.

Kapoor worked as an assistant director in actor Sunil Dutt’s directorial debut film Post Box 999, Ravindra Dave’s 1959 film Guest House. He also assisted in Ravindra Dave’s 1964 film Dulha Dulhan, starring Raj Kapoor and Sadhana Shivdasani, and S.M. Abbas’s 1960 social drama film Shriman Satyawadi with Raj Kapoor in the lead role.

Some of the best films of Shashi Kapoor are Samir Ganguly’s 1971 romantic film Sharmeelee in which he starred alongside Raakhee Gulzar, Ashok Roy’s 1978 action comedy film Heeralal Pannalal in which he starred alongside Randhir Kapoor, Zeenat Aman and Neetu Singh in lead roles, Mohan Sehgal’s 1968 social romantic drama film starring alongside Asha Parekh in the lead role, Suraj Prakash’s 1965 drama film Jab Jab Phool Khile alongside Nanda, Nasir Hussain’s Pyar Ka Mausam starred alongside Asha Parekh, Yash Chopra’s 1975 crime drama film Deewaar written by Salim-Javed duo in which he starred alongside Amitabh Bachchan, Ashok Roy’s 1974 action film Chor Machaye Shor produced by N.N. Sippy in which he starred alongside Mumtaz and Danny Denzongpa, Harmesh Malhotra’s 1978 drama film Phaansi, starred alongside Sulakshana Pandit, Pran and Ranjeet, Shiv Sahni’s 1966 romantic film Neend Hamari Khwab Tumhare produced by Hans Choudhary starred alongside Nanda in a pivotal role and Yash Chopra’s 1978 film Trishul, written by Salim-Javed duo produced by Gulshan Rai.

Shashi Kapoor Awards

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Kapoor’s first award was the Bengal Film Journalists’ Association Award for ‘Best Actor’ for his performance in Suraj Prakash’s 1965 romantic drama film Jab Jab Phool Khile. The other major awards he received are the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Yash Chopra’s 1975 action drama film Deewaar, Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Prakash Mehra’s 1982 action comedy masala film Namak Halaal, National Award for Best Actor and Bengal Film Journalists’ Association Award for Best Actor for his performance in Ramesh Sharma’s political thriller film New Delhi Times and National Film Award – Special Jury Award / Special Mention for his performance in Ismail Merchant’s 1993 film In Custody/Muhafiz.

As a producer, he won National Film Award for ‘Best Feature Film in Hindi’ for Shyam Benegal’s 1978 film Junoon and Filmfare Award for ‘Best Film’ for Shyam Benegal’s 1981 crime drama film Kalyug. In 2009 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award at ‘The 7th Pune International Film Festival’ and ‘The 11th Mumbai Film Festival’. In 2010, he was the recipient of Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award.

In 2011, The Government of India honoured Shashi Kapoor with the Padma Bhushan, the third-highest civilian award in the Republic of India. In 2014, he received the 62nd Dadasaheb Phalke Award, India’s highest award in cinema at the National Film Awards ceremony by the Directorate of Film Festivals, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. The recipient for the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award is decided by a committee consisting of eminent personalities from the Indian film industry considering “outstanding contribution to the growth and development of Indian cinema”.

Shashi Kapoor Personal Life

Kapoor was married to English actress Jennifer Kendal in 1958, and they had two sons Karan Kapoor, Kunal Kapoor and a daughter Sanjana Kapoor. Kapoor met Jennifer Kendal in Calcutta in 1956 while both were working for their respective theatre groups.

Kapoor was the assistant stage manager as well as an actor for his father’s theatre group, Prithvi Theatre, while Jennifer along with her father Geoffrey Kendal’s Shakespearean group was also present in Calcutta.

Shashi Kapoor Death Reason

He was admitted to the Kokilaben Hospital in Versova, Mumbai, with a chest infection and died on 4 September 2017, at the age of 79. According to The Guardian, he was under treatment for long-standing liver and heart complications. The reason for his death was officially stated as kidney failure. Kapoor and actress Sridevi, who died in 2018, were the only two Indians to be posthumously honoured In Memoriam at 90th Academy Awards presented at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), to honour the best films of 2017.

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