Shashi Kapoor is no more with us!
Shashi Kapoor was the youngest son of the Prithviraj Kapoor. He was admitted to Kokilaben Ambani Hospital in Andheri, reportedly for a chest infection treatment. It’s an end of an era. Shashi Kapoor’s death has not just left a void in the Indian film industry, but also closed a chapter in the memories of generations. The Bollywood veteran, who began as a child artist with films like Aag, Sangam and Awaara, did his first solo lead in 1961 film Dharmaputra. In a career spanning nearly six decades, Shashi Kapoor has been instrumental in giving Indian cinema, some of the most beautiful, heart wrenching dramas.
Here is a list of 8 films which are gold for not just movie aficionados, but is also a reference point for aspiring filmmakers.
1. Jab Jab Phool Khile: The 1965 romantic drama was a blockbuster and was even ranked at the second spot of top ten highest grossing films at the Indian box office in that year. The film starring Shashi Kapoor and Nanda was a story about a poor boatman in Kashmir who falls in love with a rich tourist girl.
2. Deewar: This film was much more than its iconic dialogue “Mere paas maa hai”. The path-breaking film Deewar, which released in 1975, tells the story about two brothers who because of facing betrayal and struggle, end up growing into men of clashing ideologies, and find themselves standing on the opposite side of the law and brother Amitabh Bachchan , the film has several remakes in south Indian languages.
The 1981 film is a crime-drama co-starring Rekha, Raj Babbar, Supriya Pathak, Anant Nag and others. It was called the modern-day version of Mahabharat showing a conflict between rival business houses.
4. Satyam Shivam Sundaram
Another iconic film, this one was basically a social drama depicting the difference in religious beliefs and clash between physical and spiritual love. The film was directed by Raj Kapoor and starred Zeenat Aman. Its songs still remain one of the biggest hits of Bollywood.
The Shashi Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan, Rekha and Parveen Babi starrer was a box office success of 1979. It was later remade in Telugu as Satyam Shivam starring N. T. Rama Rao and Akkineni Nageswara Rao. The collaboration of Mohammad Rafi and Laxmikant Pyarelal created another musical hit.
The 1961 film was directed by Yash Chopra. It was based on a novel by by Acharya Chatursen. In the backdrop of Partition, the film highlighted issues of religious bigotry and communalism. It also starred Mala Sinha and Rehman.
7. Kabhi Kabhie
Another Yash Chopra blockbuster, this one remains etched in the memory for the amazing ensemble cast of Shashi Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan, Raakhee, Waheeda Rehman, Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh. The film is predominantly remembered for its blockbuster music.
8. Namak Halaal
Featuring Shashi Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan, Smita Patil, Parveen Babi, Waheeda Rehman and Om Prakash, this 1982 film is the story about Arjun who works at a hotel and learns about a plot being hatched to kill his master and owner of the hotel. He tries to save him at any cost.
May his soul rest in peace! We love you Shahsi Kapoor sir!
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