10 Unknown Facts About Shashi Kapoor

Purnima Gupta
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One of the highly acclaimed actors of yesteryear and a senior artist of Bollywood, Shashi Kapoor passed away at the age of 79 on 4 November 2017 in Mumbai. His nephew Randhir Kapoor confirmed his death and stated prolonged illness due to kidney trouble as the main reason behind his actor’s demise.

His last rites were performed in Santa Cruz Hindu Crematorium on 5th December. The veteran actor was wrapped up in the national flag and given state funeral with 3 gun salute. Shashi Kapoor was honored with Padma Bhushan and Dada Saheb Phalke awards for his legendary roles in movies – Trishul, Kabhie Kabhie, Namak Halal and Kala Patthar.

Bollywood Mourns Shashi Kapoor’s Demise

Bollywood is in mourning mode. Bollywood stars like Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai, Abhishek Bachchan, Kareena Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan, Rani Mukherji, Neetu Kapoor visited the deceased actors home in Mumbai. Several celebs – Amitabh Bachchan, Karan Johar, Hrithik Roshan, Priyanka Chopra tweeted their condolences on the loss of Shashi Kapoor.


Here are some lesser-known facts about the actor.

  1. Shashi Kapoor’s real name was Balbir Raj Kapoor given to him by his father.
  2. He started his career as a child artist with Prithvi Theatres, established by his late father Prithvi Raj Kapoor.
  3. He acted in two films as a child actor – Aag (1948) and Awaara (1951).
  4. His first film as a lead actor was Yash Chopra’s “Dharamputra” released in 1961.
  5. Shashi Kapoor also acted in English during his career span. He acted in foreign language movies – Shakespeare – Wallah, The House Holder, A Matter of Innocence.
  6. He was the first Indian actor to do a crossover movie.
  7. Shashi Kapoor also had his own production house called Flim Valas.
  8. He always topped the list of highest paid actors. Even after playing second lead with co-actors like Jeetendra, Vinod Khanna, and Amitabh Bachchan, he managed to get better remuneration.
  9. According to Shashi Kapoor, his personal favorites included – Neend Hamari Khwab Tumhare, Jab Jab Phool Khile, Haseena Maan Jayegi, Pyar Ka Mausam.
  10. In the whole Kapoor clan, Shashi Kapoor was the only actors who performed as lead/solo actor in more 61 Bollywood movies.

On his death, Amitabh tweeted –

“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 the hospital.
…. and I did not today when they informed me that he had gone.”

While Mumbai police tweeted –

The ‘Deewar’ between the ‘Good’ and ‘Bad’ that shall always stand tall till many generations to come to #RIPShashiKapoor.

Shashi Kapoor was born on 18 March 1938 in Kolkata (during erstwhile British Raj era). He was the youngest son of famous actor Prithvi Raj Kapoor and brother of Raj Kapoor and Shammi Kapoor. Shashi Kapoor married Jennifer Kendal (a British Actress) and had one daughter and two sons. From his childhood days, Shashi Kapoor joined Prithvi Theatres, established by his father. He started acting at a young age and acted in mythological movies during the 1940s. His best childhood acts were in movies – Aag (1948) and Awaara (1951).

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