Legendary actor Shashi Kapoor was conferred with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, the highest honour in Indian cinema, by Information and Broadcasting Minister Arun Jaitley at the iconic Prithvi Theatre on Sunday.
The 77-year-old actor, who hasn’t been in the best of health, was wheeled on to the stage by his son Kunal and daughter Sanjana.
“Shashi Kapoor is undoubtedly one of the most versatile personalities Indian cinema has produced. An actor par excellence, who competed in his time with the very best and almost competed with different generations of film actors,” Jaitley said.
“He even produced and directed various kinds of films; combined commercial cinema with alternative cinema; defined languages and brought Hindi cinema and Hollywood closer. Then also, he didn’t leave his love for theatre,” he added.
The gathering saw the presence of Shashi’s nephew Rishi Kapoor, grand-nephew Ranbir Kapoor, grand-neice Karisma Kapoor and others like Neetu Singh, Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Waheeda Rehman, Asha Parekh, Nafisa Ali, Saif Ali Khan and Rekha.
Due to Shashi’s ill health, he could not travel to the capital for the National Awards ceremony on May 3. So, minister Jaitley flew in here to confer the award on him at Prithvi Theatre, which Shashi launched with his late wife Jennifer Kendal in 1978.
Jaitley said it’s a “a fitting tribute…the award is being physically and symbolically conferred on him in an institution that he himself created – the Prithvi Theatre”.
This is the third Dadasaheb Phalke Award for the illustrious Kapoor family after Shashi’s father Prithviraj Kapoor and elder brother Raj Kapoor.
“The way it (the family) produces talent, I’m sure that it’s not the last one. My best wishes to you for a improved health and a very long life. We wish you all the best, Shashi Kapoor,” Jaitley said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also congratulated Shashi Kapoor on being conferred the Dadasaheb Phalke Award.
“It was wonderful seeing the versatile & much admired Shashi Kapoor-ji being presented the Dadasaheb Phalke Award. Congratulations to him” Modi tweeted.
he realy deserves raja hindustani aamir’s first atbb was remake of shashi’s jab jab phool khile, pyar ka mausam, sharmilee and many more of his movies are in my favourites.
True Legend !
Now some srk haters will come here and say that this award cannot be purchased and bla bla..
BTW shashi kapoor gave very few hit films and large number of flops..
He can’t be termed as legend..
Only a lucky man as he was kapoor
Great moments i love to see Shashi Kapoor Sir’s movies.
True legend who arguably delivered the best counter punch dialogue in Bollywood history in Deewar….
Cannot think of anybody more worthy. Legend and congratulations….
Lol, what an awkward moment for Karishma..
No matter what…saif is always well dressed
he has his own style charisma.
i have noticed he is either in suit or kurta-jeans along wid specs. i think this is the new trend of being nawab
bdw congrats shahsi jee… karishma is looking pale.ranbir as always smart..abhishek good too
zeenat amaan still looks beautiful…watched a couple of her movies few days back…she was really hot in her younger days
KING KHAN will achieve this award in late because this awards is giving to actors when HE/SHE turns OLD.yeah but bhai fans must have may this award is fake,ROFL.
@ dheela dhaala – look at shaahi kapoor’s filmography. he wasnt scared from flops like your sarookh who do one film every year and do alot of promotion.
@ dilwala why u always bash other actor shashi kapoor is very good actor & he is legend .
@yuvraj,then salman also doing one films per year,isn’t that?even he couldn’t do a single film in 2013,lol at this double standard oxymorons.sallu fans with logic,it’s impossible ,ROFL.
shashi kapoor deserve the glory and the honor. shashi kapoor has becomes a phenomenon and an institution in himself.handsome actor I’m your craziest, biggest fan of your films.
how could you make such a comment on a legendary actor?
he deserve much more awards.
how could you make such a remarks on a legendary actor?
he deserve much more awards.
shashi kapoor is the best