Nafisa Ali: Shashi Kapoor lived in a glass house and enjoyed sharing the view


It is commendable that he continued to support theatre despite his ill-health. He had the habit of talking to everyone, from the technicians to the electricians. He has acted in, helped produce, and in some cases, himself produced important films of the time. He had been so ill for so many years that this perhaps is a relief. Nafisa Ali
Nafisa Ali, actor-activist
I have been the luckiest girl, at the age of 21, to have come into the world of cinema through Shashi, who was my producer and co-star in Junoon. He was also very popular with women and had a huge female fan following. We didn’t go in separate cars; we all crammed into one car and had fun, chatting and laughing. He was very gentlemanly. But New Delhi Times (1986) was special because he delivered a wonderful performance and it was also a very different film for him. While shooting for Kanyadaan in Kulu Manali, some actors and Mohan Segal (director) had gone for sightseeing. Within the cinematic medium, he stayed versatile. His eldest son, Kunal, looked after him so well, so his passing is so sad. One day, I was asked if I could shoot for longer than planned and I refused. That made me realise that filmmaking was also about crew members other than the stars. Read | Shashi Kapoor: Second to None
Asha Parekh, actor
Even though I knew that he was ill for a long time, his death comes as a shock to me. Later, we three also spent time together in Africa, while shooting for My Love (1970). He still had the same charm and wit. It was like one big, grand and continuous work-party. One thing that always struck me about him was that he never left the sets once he was there. But you could see that his heart wasn’t content with being just an actor. On the sets, we would indulge in a lot of banter. We have lost a phenomenal role model. He was a very kind human being, someone who really looked after his crew. In the film industry, people move on after a film but the Kapoors and we have always been friends. But after her, he wasn’t the same person. He would never go to his room and leave instructions to call him when the shot is ready. Complied by Dipti Nagpaul D’souza, Ektaa Malik, Dipanita Nath For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App He also produced the film. This tradition of being welcoming, bonding, strength and courage was what Shashi taught his children as Prithviraj Kapoor had taught his. He wanted to contribute in a much greater way, even as a producer. I had just started dating Tiger (Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi) when we were shooting for Aamne Samne (1967) in Shimla. It took some time but he paid them all back. So today, it’s a friend I have lost. Tiger visited me on the sets where he met Shashi; they instantly became friends. I could see that even though he was confined to a wheel chair, he still had the same zest for life and his eyes still twinkled with the same intelligence. That also made him a wonderful producer. Shashi’s contribution towards theatre is also commendable. He didn’t let Prithvi whither off after Jennifer. What I remember him most for is his smile. On the sets, he was very funny and hands-on. As opposed to his on-screen persona of being very dignified and stately, he was very mischievous on the sets, always cracking everyone up. After Waqt, we worked together in many projects, such as Suhana Safar (1970), Anari (1975), Swati (1986). He would introduce himself saying, ‘Hi, I am Shashi Kapoor’, and I would say, ‘So sorry to hear that’. He had a vision and understanding of what is good. Some of his performances in the mainstream have been as charming and touching as his portrayals in non-mainstream have been realistic. Amitabh Bachchan was supposed to do Utsav (1984) but when he had an injury, Shashi stepped in. He spoke to everyone, from the director to co-actors, line man and the spot boy. Waqt (1965) was our first film together and the song Din hai bahaar ke, shot in Nainital, became very popular among the youth and we became icons of sorts. On the sets he would never behave like the star he was, he would talk to everyone. He was an honourable man who is loved by everyone in the industry, not one person will have a bad thing to say about him. Our car broke down and we were stranded close to a forest. He told me that if I could extend, the junior artistes will get paid for another half shift. He said, “Kya baat hai, badi achchi lag rahi hai” in the same flirty way that he used to earlier. Once the project started, the faith between the director and the producer was total. Govind Nihalani, filmmaker
He was without doubt a very good actor and one without prejudice towards any kind of cinema. Shashiji — who had stayed behind with Jennifer (his wife) — actually came looking for us because he was told that there were bears in the forest. He was extremely helpful and humble. Jennifer and Shashi were passionate about theatre and have left behind their legacy in Prithvi Theatre. I wish the youth of India really knew him as I did. Read | Shashi Kapoor: Handsome star, modern lover, he sought to be different
Shatrughan Sinha
Shatrughan Sinha, actor-politician
The gentlest of the Kapoors, Shashi was a wonderful man. He was part of some highly acclaimed projects, including Kalyug (1981) and Junoon (1979), which I’d say stand out in his career. 2017-12-05T07:17:55+00:00″>
Updated: December 5, 2017 7:17 am

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I knew Shashi for a long time, I’d say we were friends. Poonam Dhillon, actor
I worked with Shashi uncle in my very first film, Trishul. He had his roots in both cinema and theatre and never gave up one for the other. He was always nice to them and would often oblige with autographs. When you talk about tehzeeb and culture, that’s what Shashi was and that’s what all his family members are. He treated the whole unit like his family. Shashi had been my friend for 40 years. But he was also a star and handled mainstream cinema with equal ease. No other such space exists elsewhere in the country even today, thanks to their children who are equally passionate about theatre. His wish to make a lasting contribution perhaps came through theatre. I realised he was a dream producer when he backed my directorial project Vijeta (1982), in which he also acted. I learnt a lot from Shashi. That was the thing about Shashi — he lived in a glass house and enjoyed sharing the view. He had been keeping unwell for a long time and I always met him when I was in Mumbai. We worked together in Kanyaadan and Pyaar Ka Mausam. Shashi wasn’t only a great actor and legend but also a phenomenal human being. He later went through tough times, when he owed people a lot of money. He picked projects that were different and of a certain quality. I have worked with him in quite a few films, including Shaan and Kaala Pathar. What a wonderful way he took care of us all during Junoon. I met him about two years ago. That is the uniqueness of the Kapoor family.