Actor Shashi Kapoor, who just celebrated his 77th birthday, will receive this year’s Dadasaheb Phalke Award, India’s highest honour in cinema.
Kapoor’s son Kunal said his father’s first reaction was, “Me? I got it? And then he chuckled.”
“I think he must be quite chuffed because his father won it as well. It’s sad that on a day like this we have an award on one hand and an income tax issue with the theatre on the other,” said Kunal who was speaking to NDTV outside the Kapoor-run Prithvi Theatre in Mumbai.
Kapoor’s nephew, actor Rishi Kapoor, told NDTV, “I don’t think it’s a delayed honour. Shashi Kapoor was a visionary who did films that were ahead of their time.”
Rishi Kapoor also congratulated his uncle on Twitter. He shared, “Yessssssss! Shashi Kapoor to get the prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke award for contribution to Indian Cinema. Well deserved uncle. God Bless!”
Kapoor is the third in the family to have received the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, after his father Prithviraj and elder brother Raj. Kapoor is the star of several Bollywood films as well as English movies produced by Merchant Ivory. His extensive filmography contains blockbusters like Deewar and Namak Halaal, acclaimed performances in Junoon and New Delhi Times, and Merchant Ivory productions like Heat and Dust and The Householder. He also turned director with 1991 film Ajooba and produced films such as 36 Chowringhee Lane and Utsav.
Shashi was instrumental in reviving the Prithvi theatre group started by his father. He is the younger brother of actors Raj and Shammi Kapoor. He was married to actress Jennifer Kendal, with who he co-starred in films like Bombay Talkies and Junoon, until her death in 1984. They have three children - Kunal, Karan and Sanjana Kapoor. He won the National Award thrice and received the Padma Bhushan in 2011.
The Dadasaheb Phalke Award - which consists of the Swarn Kamal or Golden Lotus, a cash prize of Rs 10 lakhs and a shawl - will be given out with the National Film Awards this year. The previous recipient was lyricist-director Gulzar.
Additional info – NDTV
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Shahid Kapoor fans are known as ‘Shanatics’ and were heartbroken and nursing some form of depression when they found out that their heartthrob had decided to tie the knot. The news came as a shocker to all as it was not anticipated as the unknown girl Mira Rajput, who is a third year English student in Delhi, was announced as Shahid’s future wife.
Everyone was keen to know where and how they met as this has been something that has been kept under wraps. Apparently the first meeting happened at a Radha Soami Satsang Beas group’s religious gathering and they seem to be gearing up towards a December wedding.
Shahid has said he didn’t want to marry someone from the film industry so this seems about right that he has made this decision to tie the knot with Mira who has no filmi connections. We wish them all the best.
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