Legendary actor Shashi Kapoor, who played some epic roles in his career said goodbye to the world at the age of 79. His demise is not only a huge loss for Indian Cinema but it’s also the end of an era. Throughout his career spanning almost 6 decades, he worked in 148 Hindi films and 12 English films.
Winner of 3 National Film Awards, Dadasaheb Phalke Award, Padma Bhushan, and several other accolades, Shashi Kapoor was a gem. He not only inspired many aspiring actors but also presented exemplary performances that will be remembered forever. Dialogues like ‘Mere Paas Maa Hai’ will always remain an integral part of Indian Cinema.
Listed here are 5 of his memorable films that prove his sheer brilliance and versatility as an artist.
The 1965 romantic drama Jab Jab Phool Khile is a simple story of a poor, innocent guy and a rich, affluent girl falling in love with each other. In the film Shashi Kapoor was seen playing the role of a sweet villager who is pure at heart.
The film helped the actor garner a lot of love from the audience and not just from India but from many North African countries as well. The actor was awarded an award for the best actor by Bengal Film Journalists Association.
The 1975 film Deewar is one of the most significant films in Shashi Kapoor’s career. The story revolved around two brothers and the name Deewar actually signifies them standing against each other on the opposite sides of the law. The actor bagged the Filmfare Best Actor in a supporting role for his work in the film Deewar.
Apart from the iconic dialogue “Mere Paas Maa Hai”, the film is known for the amazing acting skills of Shashi Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan in the lead roles. While the former was a cop, the latter was a goon and the story narrated the conflicts between the brothers who hold different interests and yet unified by their mothers’ love.
Satyam Shivam Sundaram is an unconventional masterpiece and is considered to be one of the boldest movies of its time. It narrated the difference between physical and spiritual love. A man who loves a woman but a scar on her face stands as an obstruction between the two lovers. Unlike other commercial love stories, this one starring Shashi Kapoor and Zeenat Amaan had something fresh to offer along with a message in the end.
Kalyug is a 1981 crime drama starring Shashi Kapoor, Raj Babbar, Rekha, Supriya Pathak, and others. It’s a modern depiction of the epic tale of Mahabharata. Although the plot is different, the characterization and events are much similar. It’s a story of business rivalry between two families. Kalyug went on to win Filmfare Award in the best film category and was appreciated for its cinematography and acting by the legendary actors.
It’s one of the rare films at that time which showed corruption and the ugly side of politics. The lead role played by Shashi Kapoor is of an honest, yet fearless newspaper editor who is not afraid to reveal the truth. The story efficiently captures the drama between media house and a corrupt politician and the struggle between the two forces.
The movie went through a lot of trouble for its bold nature as distributors refused to run it in theatres. However, later it went on to bag three national awards for best actor, cinematography and direction. Shashi Kapoor also received many other awards in the best actor category for this role.