Unheard stories of Shashi Kapoor

Shashi Kapoor Birth Anniversary: ​​Today is the birthday of Dadasaheb Phalke award winning actor Shashi Kapoor. He was the third actor from his family to be honored with this award after Prithviraj Kapoor and Raj Kapoor. Shashi Kapoor inherited acting, but it was different from his actor brothers. His love of theater and interest in artistic films distinguished him, in which he invested his entire life.

'Jab Jab Phool Khile' was the first big hit
Whenever Shashi Kapoor is talked about, his fans conjure up the poor king of flowers, who runs a boat in the lakes of Kashmir. It was his first major hit, for which he won the BFJA Award for Best Actor. After this, a long list of his hit films can be seen, including Chor Machaye Shor, Trishul, Kalyug, Namak Halal, Deewar, Kabhi Kabhi, Satyam Shivam Sundaram, Dharamputra, Kala Patthar among others.

Worked together in many films
Shashi Kapoor used to do so many films at the same time that Raj Kapoor used to say about him – 'Shashi is like a taxi, which goes when called, but the meter is always down.' Shashi Kapoor did many commercial films but few know that he was a staunch supporter of parallel cinema. From a young age, he started acting in plays of his father's repertory company, Prithvi Theatre. Later he made his father's Prithvi Theater a cultural landmark of Mumbai.

Films that keep artists alive
On the occasion of Shashi Kapoor's birthday today, along with the commercial films, it is necessary to mention the films he has done so that they can keep the actors alive in them.

Junoon: Based on Ruskin Bond's novel, this film was released in 1978. Produced by Shashi Kapoor and his wife Jennifer Kendall, the film was directed by Shyam Benegal. Along with Shashi Kapoor, famous writer Ismat Chugtai will also be seen in the film along with Shabana Azmi, Jennifer Kendall, Nafisa Ali.

36 Chowrangi Lane : This was Aparna Sen's first film as a director. The film released in 1982 was produced by Shashi Kapoor. In this, Jennifer Kendall has played the role of an Anglo-Indian teacher from Kolkata. The film is a poignant look at a fading world.

celebration : The film is based on the famous Indian dramatist Bhasa's Sanskrit play 'Daridra-Charudatta' from 2nd century BC to 2nd century AD. Directed by Girish Cunard, the film was produced by Shashi Kapoor and also starred him.

Siddharth Based on the novel by German novelist Hermann Hesse, the 1972 film tells the story of a young Indian who embarks on a journey to find the meaning of existence. Directed by Conrad Roux, the film stars Simi Garewal alongside Shashi Kapoor. It was also Shashi Kapoor's most controversial film.

heat and dust Based on Ruth Prawar Jhabwala's Booker-winning novel Heat and Dust, the film of the same name stars Shashi Kapoor in a pivotal role. The film, directed by James Ivory and produced by Ismail Merchant, was released in 1983 and was re-released in British cinemas in 2017.

in custody : This is one of Shashi Kapoor's last films, released in 1994. Directed by Ismail Merchant, the film is also based on Booker Prize winner Anita Desai's novel In Custody.

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