Shashi Kapoor’s death has left many hearts broken. The 79-year-old actor breathed his last night in Mumbai and succumbed to his kidney problems. His funeral will be held in the afternoon today.
The film fraternity, especially his industry friends have been pouring some of the most beautiful tributes for the actor. But one we love the most is of his Deewar co-star Amitabh Bachchan.
Just to jog your memory a little, the two mega-stars went on to become a popular rage, thanks to their “Mere Paas Maa Hai” dialogue. Even when they played rival siblings, their camaraderie moved many. If we look back, their films including Suhaag, Trishul, Kabhi Kabhie, Namak Halal were some of the most popular ones.
Big B penned down the last tribute to him and he posted a picture of Kapoor on a film magazine cover just before his Bollywood debut. Big B described this “terribly handsome” man in his blog.
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“तुम मेरी दुःख की घड़ियों को अपने व्यवसाय के काँटों से आबाद न करो ,
नम आँखों और तिलमिलाते दिल को , अपनी चकाचौंद से बर्बाद न करो “
~ ab🙏 pic.twitter.com/hQH1OyM1a7
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) December 5, 2017
“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…”
Big B also penned down one of his biggest takeaways from it. He added,
“1969, and those early years of efforts to join the Industry were also the times when there was a close proximity, to the area of an atmosphere, that swivelled around this most attractive man. On and off, common friends in the Industry, which I was just getting acquainted with, would introduce me to him at select social gatherings. ‘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. Every one 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. The one being introduced to, was, quite obviously, prompted to say his or her name as well, when they heard his. It was a remarkable tool to come to know the other persons name .. and .. if and when there was to be another meeting after many forgettable years, the same technology was most helpful in remembering the other persons name, in case you had forgotten it..!!”
Big B then explained how their equation also converted into a family relation after Amitabh Bachchan’s daughter Shweta got married to businessman Nikhil Nanda, who is the maternal grandson of late Raj Kapoor, brother of Shashi Kapoor. Big B added,
“What followed .. is a documentation of very intimate association, personal exigencies .. collective professional camaraderie .. ending in family bindings…”
One part of the tribute that will leave you teary-eyed is when Big B talks about Shashi Kapoor’s failing health after he lost his wife Jennifer in 1984. He added,
“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.”
He concluded the post recalling the name that Kapoor had given to him. He added,
“He fondly addressed me as ‘babbua’ .. and with him have gone many incredible unread chapters of his and my life..”
Read Big B’s full post here-
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) December 4, 2017