Shashi Kapoor – The Actor

Shahsi Kapoor – The Actor breathed his last on December 4 2017 .. with his death an era of second generation of illustrious Kapoor Khandan defined by the trio Raj Kapoor, Shammi Kapoor and himself came to an end.. he was born in Calcutta on March 18 1938 and has died shortly before attaining the age of 79..

Remarkable for his romantic image and suitable for any role he did more than 150 films.. several of which were in English ..

First noted in Aag in the year 1948 playing young Raj Kapoor he was also part of the epic film Awara where he again played the role of young Raj Kapoor.. in 1961 he first appeared in the leading role in Yash Chopra directed Dharmputra.. however, it was Jab jab Phool Khile in 1965 opposite Nanda that Sahshi Kapoor achieved great success as the romantic hero of Hindi Cinema.. He appeared in several films thereafter and was a busy actor in the later part of the sixties.. In between there were several English films with Ivory Merchant production where he was cast in leading roles..

He also produced some great films notably Junoon (Shyam Benegal), 36 Chowringhee Lane (Aparna Sen), Vijeta (Govind Nihalani), Utsav (Girish Karnad) and also directed Indo-Russian venture Ajooba featuring Amitabh Bachchan in the title role..

He did several notable films with top co-stars of his times :

Amitabh Bachchan (most importantly Deewaar, Kabhie Kabhie, Trishul, Kala Patthar, Silsila, Suhaag, Shaan and Namakhalaal.. ), Sanjeev Kumar (Trishul, Silsila, Swayamvar, Sawaal, Trishna), Shatrughan Sinha (Kala Patthar, Shaan, Bhavani Junction, Gautam Govinda, Amar Shakti), Rishi Kapoor (Kabhie Kabhie, Duniya Meri Jeb Mein and Doosra Aadmi), Manoj Kumar (Roti Kapda Aur Makaan and Kranti ), Rajesh Khanna (Prem Kahani), Dharmendra (Krodhi) and Vinod Khanna (Chor Sipahee)..

Shashi Kapoor acted opposite most of the top heroines of his times.. I have included one film of each of them.. a more complete record of all his films is available at cinema at my drupal site..

Jenifer Kendal (Bombay Talkie)
Nanda (Jab Jab Phool Khile)
Sharmila Tagore (Waqt)
Asha Parekh (Kanyadaan)
Babita (Hasina Maan Jaayegi)
Vimi (Patanga)
Rakhee Gulzar (Sharmeelee)
Mumtaz (Chor Machaye Shor)
Simi Grewal (Siddhartha)
Neetu Singh (Deewaar)
Zeenat Aman (Satyam Shivam Sundaram)
Hema Malini (Abhinetri)
Shabana Azmi (Fakira)
Sulakshana Pandit (Salaakhen)
Vidya Sinha (Mukti)
Rekha (Kalyug)
Parveen Babi (Namakhalaal)

My preferred top 10 Hindi films featuring Shashi Kapoor are listed below :
Jab Jab Phool Khile (1965)
Waqt (1965)
Hasina Maan Jayegi (1968)
Sharmelee (1971)
Kabhie Kabhie (1976)
Fakira (1976)
Junoon (1978)
Baseraa (1981)
Kalyug (1981)
New Delhi Times (1986)

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