RIP Shashi Kapoor: A Handsome Young Actor Who Sought More Than Bollywood Glam

It’s a sad day in Bollywood as yet another star from the yesteryear is lost forever! Shashi Kapoor, 79 passed away yesterday at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital. “Shashi Kapoor expired at 5.20 pm on December 4 at Kokilaben Hospital in Mumbai,” said Dr Ram Narain, Executive Director, Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital.

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The veteran actor-producer who was known for his romantic charm and suave and romance several leading ladies from the ’70s and the ’80s was admitted to Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, Andheri on Sunday night, reportedly for a chest infection. He had been struggling with the condition ever since his bypass surgery in 2014.

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The gloom of sorrow engulfed the tinsel-town as the news of legendary actor’s demise spread. Several prominent names from the film industry took to social media platforms to express their gratitude. The actor who created a niche for himself back was said to be the odd-one-out in the Kapoor family.

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Back in the days when loudness and over-emphatic gestures was a trend to express anger and distrust, Shashi Kapoor showed people how one can project anger even with a mellow voice. Often seen as the nice guy on the screen opposite the angry young man of that generation in many multi-starrers which were usually essayed by Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra or Shatrughan Sinha.

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Though Shashi Kapoor is no longer with us, he will always be in our hearts through the magical charm he had cast over us through generations. Perhaps it would be wrong to call Shashi a mainstream Bollywood actor for his love for theatre is certainly a thing no one can ignore.

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And it is due to this love for theatre that showed us some of the greatest works of Shashi in the form of The Householder (1963), Shakespeare-Wallah (1965), In Custody (1993), Bombay Talkies (1970), New Delhi Times(1986) and many more.

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One finds it hard to pinpoint a particular aspect of his acting which captivated millions of people who saw him on-screen and were with him. Legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan who often shared the screen with Shashi and well, who can forget the epic scene from Deewar where two brothers (one an honest cop and other an underworld don) entangle in a war of words and emotions that are still itched fresh in our minds, shared his thoughts about the actor upon his death.

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Amitabh, in his blog, starts the post by describing a picture od Shashi Kapoor during the shoot of his debut movie. He describes Shashi as a “terribly handsome” man and goes on to say…”Standing elegantly without a care in the world, I saw him standing by a Mercedes Sports car, a convertible, a smart trimmed beard and moustache, adorning involuntarily, the face of this incredibly handsome man. It was a picture that filled almost an entire page of a magazine. Shashi Kapoor … son of Prithviraj Kapoor, younger brother to Raj Kapoor and Shammi Kapoor, making a debut in a forthcoming film, is what the caption read .. And I said to myself, as very uncertain thoughts raced through my mind of wanting to become a film actor, that, with men like him around, I stood no chance at all…”

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Shashi used his love for theatre to redefine the Indian cinema as no one else had ever done. During his generation, when every actor was competing with each other to become the superstar of Bollywood, Shashi Kapoor took a different approach and sought more than just a glamorous life that Bollywood gave.

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Shashi Kapoor made his debut as a lead man in the 1961 movie, Dharmputra and appeared in more than 115 movies in the ’70s till the mid of ’80s. He gave us a number of memorable movies like Deewar (1975), Satyam Shivam Sundaram (1978), Junoon (1978), Shaan (1980), and Namak Halaal (1982).

Rest In Peace Inspector Ravi!

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