Veteran actor Shashi Kapoor breathed his last today at the Kokilaben Ambani hospital and in memory of the great actor, we present to you the actor’s ten best performances…
New Delhi Times: A film much ahead of its time, New Delhi Times saw Shashi play an upright editor of a newspaper, who exposes the corrupt nexus between politics and the media. The film went on to bag three National Awards, including one for Best Actor for Shashi Kapoor.
Deewaar: Though Yash Chopra’s Deewar is always remembered for Amitabh Bachchan’s seething portrayal of a cynical anti-hero, the film is also worth mentioning for Shashi, who played Big B’s incorruptible brother Ravi, who chooses the law over his brother. The film is still remembered for Kapoor’s iconic line, ‘mere paas maa hai’. For this film, Shashi bagged the Filmfare award for Best Supporting Actor.
Junoon: Set against the backdrop of the 1857 Sepoy Mutiny, Junoon starred Shashi Kapoor as feudal chieftain Javed Khan, whose world revolves around breeding carrier pigeons. Directed by Shyam Benegal and produced by Kapoor himself, Junoon bagged three National Awards, six Filmfare Awards and two Filmfare nominations. Apart from this, Junoon was also screened at various foreign film festivals, where it was lauded by all.
Namak Halaal: Shashi shared screen space with Amitabh Bachchan in Namak Halaal by Prakash Mehra and the film went on to become such a blockbuster that it was remade in several South languages.
Kalyug: A modern retelling of the great Indian epic Mahabharata, Kalyug, which was directed by Shyam Benegal, saw Shashi play the modern version of noble anti-hero Karna. Kalyug is one of Shashi’s most acclaimed films and is still remembered for its performances and cinematography.
Jab Jab Phool Khile: A typical love story about a poor man falling in love with a rich girl, Jab Jab Phool Khile starring Shashi Kapoor and Nanda, went on to become a blockbuster and was appreciated not only here, but also abroad. (The film was screened in Algeria’s cinema halls every two days for a couple of years; there was, in fact, public demand for it. Shashi Kapoor was one of the most successful Indian actors in North African countries like Algeria, Morocco and Libya).
Trishul: Directed by Yash Chopra, Trishul was another Shashi Kapoor-Amitabh Bachchan film which went on to become a huge hit. Yet again, though the film’s ‘star’ was Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor valiantly held his own against the Big B. This film was even remade in Tamil with Rajinikanth in the lead.
The Householder: Shashi Kapoor’s first ever international film made by producers Ismail Merchant and James Ivory, The Householder saw Kapoor play a teacher at a private college in Delhi, whose life changes after an arranged marriage. The film was described as a ‘charming comedy of marital discord’ and ‘an artful social satire and also a quietly affecting love story’ in international reviews.
Shakespeare Wallah: The Householder was followed by Merchant-Ivory’s Shakespeare Wallah, a film about a travelling family theatre troupe of English actors in India, who perform Shakespeare plays in towns across India, amidst a dwindling demand for their work and the rise of Bollywood.
Suhaag: Another film starring Bachchan and Shashi Kapoor, Suhaag saw Shashi play the role of an upright police officer once again. The film went on to become the highest earning film of 1979 and was later remade in Telugu as ‘Satyam Shivam’.