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Read What The Co-Stars Have To Say About Late Veteran Actor Shashi Kapoor

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  •  December 5, 2017

 

Veteran actor-filmmaker Shashi Kapoor passed away yesterday at the age of 79 after a prolonged illness in Kokilaben Hospital, Mumbai. He is survived by a daughter Sanjana, and sons Kunal and Karan.

One of the most talented and handsome actors of his time, he was honored with the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2015 for his contribution to the art of cinema. Along with making many successful blockbusters, he founded the famous Prithvi Theatre in November 1978 with wife Jennifer.

Read what his co-stars have to say about him:

Amitabh Bachchan wrote on his blog: “He had been ailing .. somewhere he had let himself go after the passing away of his dear wife Jennifer .. I had visited him on occasion in Hospital during some of the times he had been hospitalized earlier .. but I never went to see him again .. I would never have .. I never ever wanted to see this beautiful friend and ‘samdhi’ in the state I saw him in hospital….…. and I did not today, when they informed me that he had gone.”

“The words of the ‘sher’ at the opening came to me minutes after Rumi Jafri, an eminent writer in our film industry, sent them to me on learning of his death ..’how long could I have preserved this exquisite and expensive book of life ; the pages of the book were damaged ..’ He fondly addressed me as ‘babbua’ .. and with him have gone many incredible unread chapters of his and my life.”

“The next .. was his semi curly hair on head, falling carelessly over his forehead and ears, not quite covering it .. and my upper story mumbled again : ‘hey ! maybe you should think of covering your ears as well ..’ … and off I went to Hakim the hair dresser at Taj Hotel with my plan .. and executed, it remained till date.”

“Shashi Kapoor !’ was what one heard as he extended a warm soft hand out to you in introduction ; that devastating smile complimenting the twinkle in his eyes. He needn’t have done so. Everyone knew him. But this was his infectious humble self. When he spoke, there was a mischievous, gentle, almost inaudible, delicate, yodel, in his voice – most endearing and comforting to the one he was introduced to. The self introduction habit, was a gem.”

Waheeda Rehman said, “I haven’t done too many films with him in a romantic lead, but we were both living on Nepean Sea Road at one time. He was a very punctual artiste and both of us would often pass each other in our cars when he would wave his hand at me showing his watch… He was always a handsome gentleman with no hang-ups. A few years ago, when he was admitted to hospital, some of us like Helen, Asha Parekh, Nanda decided to go and surprise him. It took a while for him to register so many of us. The last I met him was at Prithvi Theatre when he received the Dadasaheb Phalke Award. He was having a bit of difficulty in recognising people, and I remember holding his hand and trying to remind him it was me, Waheeda. I was in Delhi when I heard he wasn’t keeping well again and was planning to visit him. But that never happened.”

Here’s what some of his co-stars tweeted:

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