Veteran stars and makers recall Shashi Kapoor’s timeless contribution to cinema
Filmmakers and actors across all generations in Bollywood took to Twitter to mourn the death of veteran actor, Shashi Kapoor, who passed away in Mumbai after a prolonged illness at the age of 79. Among the earliest to react to the news were filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt and Karan Johar. Mahesh Bhatt tweeted, “As the skies burst and it begins to rain in this part of Mumbai. My heart is filled with deep gratitude. Thank you Sir! You touched our lives only the way you could have.”
Filmmaker Karan Johar, said that Shashi Kapoor’s legacy in film and theatre was exceptional, “#RIPShashiKapoor …the most charming and enigmatic actor ever…a gentleman movie star! His legacy in film and theatre is exceptional…thoughts and prayers with the family….his work will always live on,” he posted on his Twitter account.
Actress Sridevi Boney Kapoor, described Shashi Kapoor as, “A great actor, a charming & happy soul, an inspiring humanitarian. We will miss you Shashi-ji. RIP #ShashiKapoor,” she tweeted.
Actress Poonam Dhillon, who had co-starred with the famed actor in several films including Bepanah, Baseraa and Trishul, posted on her Twitter account, “Just landed in Mumbai to extremely sad news of my very dear #ShashiKapoor, co-actor of my first film passed away!!Gentleman with Charm personified Classy, Witty, and Disciplined and handsome are just few of the words that mildly describe him. Cherish my time With him! Irreplacable Man!”
Veteran filmmaker Subhash Ghai remembered him as a man who inspired work ethics, discipline and professionalism, “I worked with him in two moves- Gautam Govinda and Krodhi in the late 70s and learnt a lot like work ethics, discipline, and his professionalism. His love and passion for good cinema and theatre development in India was extraordinary. He was a handsome gentleman with a beautiful mind and heart and great humility,” he said.
Akshay Kumar recalled Shashi Kapoor’s legendary dialogue from Deewar, which remains imprinted in the history of filmmaking while describing the rift between two brothers, “Innumerable Bollywood dreams came to life watching your iconic dialogue, “Mere paas maa hai.” Your tremendous contribution to cinema will always be remembered. RIP #ShashiKapoor ji,” the actor posted on his Twitter account.
Actress Simi Garewal, who had co-starred with the iconic actor in the 1972 American film, Siddhartha and also acted in Shashi Kapoor’s Utsav described the demise of Shashi Kapoor as “an era gone”. The actress took to Twitter to express her deepest condolences, “Am deeply saddened by the passing away of my co-star #ShashiKapoor. The last of that generation of Kapoors gone. A gentleman and friend gone. An era gone. All that remains are his films…and precious memories.. RIP Shashi-ji.”
“Am deeply saddened by the passing away of my co-star #ShashiKapoor. The last of that generation of Kapoors gone. A gentleman and friend gone. An era gone. All that remains are his films…and precious memories.. RIP Shashi-ji.” – Simi Garewal
Actor Shekhar Suman, who was launched by Shashi Kapoor in the 1984 film, Utsav, admitted to being heart-broken after hearing the news, “Saddest day of my life… Shashi Kapoor ji passed away. The man to whom I owe my entire career. I am grateful to him for all my professional achievements, for giving me my first and the biggest break as a lead in Utsav opposite Rekha. Will miss you every moment of my life. Shashi Kapoor was the most handsome man the film industry has ever seen. A ladies man, a gentleman, a great actor and a passionate producer. I grew up imitating him and trying to look like him. I can’t bear the thought that he is no more. I’m heartbroken,” he tweeted.