Why there will never be another Shashi Kapoor

He was the nation’s heartthrob at one point in time. He will always be remembered for the joy he brought to Hindi cinema fans. His liveliness, swinging arms and trademark trot set the silver screen alight. By now, you know whom we are talking about. Yes, it’s the legendary actor Shashi Kapoor who received the Padma Bhushan and Dadasaheb Phalke awards. He held sway over an entire generation with his movies. On his birth anniversary, here are some of his classic films, which prove why there will never be quite another actor like Shashi Kapoor.

1. Jab Jab Phool Khile

Shashi Kapoor won fans over as a simple boatman from Kashmir who falls in love with Nanda. She is a wealthy heiress holidaying in Kashmir and lives in Kapoor’s houseboat. However, the two lovebirds have to cross the gulf between their status in society. You really feel for Shashi Kapoor when he tries hard to adjust to the ways of high society. Set in scenic Kashmir, Jab Jab Phool Khile had melodious music too.

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2. Aa Gale Lag Jaa

Shashi Kapoor displayed his acting repertoire in this hit movie. Whether as a lovelorn young man or a distraught father with a polio-afflicted son, Aa Gale Lag Jaa showcased his versatility and how! You fall in love with Kapoor when he woos Sharmila Tagore, but also feel his helplessness for his child.

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3. Satyam Shivam Sundaram

Who doesn’t remember Shashi Kapoor’s sizzling chemistry with Zeenat Aman in this movie? Raj Kapoor’s social drama was considered extremely bold for its time. Kapoor’s performance was critically appreciated despite all the controversies around the movie.

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4. New Delhi Times

New Delhi Times was a coming-of-age movie about a corrupt political system. Shashi Kapoor steered away from his romantic image to play an honest journalist. He won Best Actor at the National Film Awards. New Delhi Times was acclaimed for both Shashi Kapoor’s performance and Gulzar’s screenplay.

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5. Junoon

Shyam Benegal’s critically acclaimed movie revolved around the Indian Sepoy Mutiny of 1857. With Junoon, Shashi Kapoor proved yet again that he could play nuanced and complex characters. The actor portrayed Javed Khan, a reckless feudal chieftain who falls for a young British girl. A master performance indeed!

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6. Deewaar

Who can forget the iconic ‘Mere paas Maa hain’ scene from Deewaar? The blockbuster movie was a cauldron of emotions, drama and action. Shashi Kapoor’s chemistry with Amitabh Bachchan was electrifying as they play brothers on either side of the law. He won the Filmfare award for Best Supporting Actor.

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7. Pyaar Kiye Jaa

The legendary actor was at his comic best in this movie. Pyaar Kiye Jaa was a laugh riot from the word go. Stellar performances from the likes of Kishore Kumar, Mehmood and Om Prakash had the audience in splits right from the start.

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8. Sharmeelee

An army captain falls in love with a girl but mysteriously gets married to her twin sister. Sharmeelee beautifully combined romance, suspense and drama with Shashi Kapoor at the centre of it all. He wowed audiences as he grapples with the strange turn of events. A gripping story, brilliant performances and melodious soundtracks made this film a big hit.

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9. Kabhie Kabhie

This ode to romance spanned two generations and saw Shashi Kapoor deliver a powerful performance. He held his own in the company of Amitabh Bachchan, Waheeda Rehman, Rakhee, Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh. Movie-goers saw Kapoor in a completely different avatar. His restrained demeanour, charming personality and dapper look bowled audiences over.

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