With a glorifying career,spanning over half a century, Shashi Kapoor gave some cinematic performances which still breathe life. Here’s our little tribute to the late actor as we list down some of his most memorable films.

Shashi Kapoor can be described as the man with a contagious smile. One still remembers the breath of fresh air most of his performances brought in. Shashi Kapoor was honored with the Padma Bhushan by the Government of India in 2011 and in 2015 he was awarded Dadasaheb Phalke Award, making him the third member of his family to receive the highest award in Indian Cinema after Prithviraj Kapoor and Raj Kapoor. He made his debut as a leading man in the 1961 movie Dhrmaputra and went on to appear in over 116 films. Shashiji, a brilliant actor and one of the most iconic stars, through his performances has left a huge mark in the Indian Film Industry and in the hearts of his Fans. In a career spanning over half a century, he did everything from mainstream cinema to parallel cinema to cross over film. Here we mention some of his most memorable Hindi films that still breathe life:

Dharmputra (1961): The debut movie of Shashi Kapoor. Right from the beginning itself, Shashiji made everybody go crazy with his charm. He played a bigot in the film, a young boy suffering from communal angst and hatred which left a huge impression on the audience.

Kalyug (1980): Story of two powerful families locked in a deadly power struggle, Shashi Kapoor was brilliant as the smart sophisticated businessman Karan.

New Delhi Times (1986): Shashi Kapoor was great as an idealistic journalist who exposes the corruption in media and has to deal with consequences in his personal life. He got a National Award for this film.

Junoon (1978): Shashi Kapoor plays a mutineer who falls for a British girl, despite being married. Portraying various shades to his character, this remains as one of his finest performances ever.

Kabhie Kabhie (1976): Shashi Kapoor gave another brilliant performance in this film. Playing the role of a loving husband who has the maturity to ignore his wife’s past, even when it came to hound them in the future.

Deewar (1975): Playing the role of an idealistic police officer, his performance in his movie got him the best supporting actor Filmfare award and his famous dialogue ‘Mere Pass Maa Hai’ is still a household phrase, an immortal part of Indian pop culture, much like the star himself.

Sharmeelee (1971): Shashi Kapoor plays a clueless Army officer of poetic bent who falls for a beautiful sassy young girl only to be married off to her. His performance was remarkably beautiful and sincere.

Namak Halaal (1983): Shashi Kapoor as a cynical millionaire was a perfect coil to Amitabh Bachchan. The film has a powerful star cast but Shashi Kapoor stood out with his million dollar smile and a power packed performance which won the hearts of people. The film was remade in Tamil and Telugu.

Chor Machaye Shor (1974): Shashi Kapoor plays an engineer whose romantic advances are mixed by the actress’ devious father. He indulges in a lot of action, drama and never seen before character which he presented in front of the audiences brilliantly.

Trishul (1977): This was yet another super-hit movie given by Yash Chopra, Amitabh Bachchan and Shashi Kapoor. The role of a happy go lucky, legal and fun loving person was portrayed with complete innocence by him.

Suhaag (1979): Suhaag was really a weird mix of themes as two lost brothers found each other at opposite ends of the law. Shashi Kapoor played inspector while Amitabh Bachchan played the street goon. It was another hit delivered by the super-hit Jodi of Shashi Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan.

Shaan (1980): Shashi Kapoor played his role with much conviction and restraint as he and Amitabh Bachchan played brothers who set out on a revenge mission against super villain Shakaal. They have help in the form of Shatrughan Sinha’s street smart ways. Shashi Kapoor’s performance was highly entertaining.

Aa Gale Lag Ja (1973): Shashi Kapoor was ahead of his times through his films and this surely proves that in which he plays a single dad, an aspect unheard of back then. He delivered one of his best romantic performances ever in this film. This super-hit movie is also very famous for the song “Mera tujse hai pehle ka nata koi” picturised on Shashi Kapoor and Sharmila Tagore.

Satyam Shivam Sundaram (1978): Shashi Kapoor was fantastic in the film as the conflicted man who can’t get over his wife’s scarred face. His portrayal was completely different from the usual idealistic hero that 70’s was so popular for.

Jab Jab Phool Khile (1965): Shashi Kapoor was at his romantic best as the houseboat owner in love with a rich heiress. This movie is memorable for its lovely songs but more for the romantic lover displayed by Shashi Kapoor with such an ease.

– Sagar Desai

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