The most romantic star of contemporary Hindi cinema Balbir Raj Kapoor aka Shashi Kapoor passed away at the ripe age of 79 years. He was the scion of the illustrious Kapoor family, the first family of Hindi cinema with Raj and Shammi being elder to him. He started working in his father’s Prithvi theater and also starred in his elder brother Raj’s two classic films ‘Aag’ and ‘Awara’. He struggled a lot by visiting producers’ offices but all they could offer them was chana (grams) and sympathy. He started his film career as a leading man with social dramas like Char Deewari and Dharamputra but attained commercial success with Suraj Prakash’s successful musical set in Kashmir ‘Jab Jab Phool Khile’ which had popular songs like ‘Abu Khuda’ and ‘Ek Tha Gul Ek Thi Bulbul’. He also starred in hit films like ‘Sharmilee’ which was his first big solo hit, his first multi-starrer hit ‘Waqt’ directed by Yash Chopra. Other films that made a mark were ‘Abhinetri’, ‘Aamne Saamne’. ‘Pyar Ka Mausam’, ‘Kanyaadan’, ‘Pyar Kiye Jaa’, etc. But after a while his career faced a downslide and he had to face tough times as he had also married his long time beau , Jennifer Kendal, the daughter of a prominent Shakesperean actor Sir Geoffrey Kendal and had two sons, Kunal and Karan and a daughter Sanjana. But then his commercial potboilers started working in a big way like ‘Chor Machaye Shor’, ‘Fakira’, ‘Chori Mera Kaam’, ‘Prem Kahani’, ‘Baseraa’, Gautam Govinda’, ‘Krodhi’, ‘Heeralal Pannalal’, ‘Haseena Maan Jaayegi’, and his brother Raj Kapoor directed ‘Satyam Shivam Sundaram’ which was a huge hit and Shashi made the most of it by signing 100 films and worked in many scripts which made Raj Kapoor call his brother Shashi as a ‘taxi’. He also starred in many international films like ‘The House Holder’ and ‘Shakespearewallah’, ‘Bombay Talkies’, and Conrad Rooke’s ‘Siddhartha’. He also started investing his hard earned money in art house productions like ‘Girish Karnad’s ‘Utsav’, Govind Nihalani’s ‘Vijeta’, ‘Shyam Benegal’s ‘Kalyug’, and he also maintained his father’s theater Prithvi which introduced many actors and directors. However Shashi Kapoor is mostly remembered for his pairing with superstar Amitabh Bachchan in films like ‘Suhaag’, ‘Deewar’, ‘Kaala Patthar’, ‘Kabhie Kabhie’ ‘Namak Halaal’, ‘Trishul’, and is known for his most iconic dialogue ‘Mere Paas maa Hai’ from Yash Chopra’s Deewar for which he received the Best Supporting Actor Filmfare Award. He also received a National Award for Ramesh Sharma’s ‘New Delhi Times’. However Shashi Kapoor’s only directorial venture, an Indo- Russian Production called ‘Ajooba’ didn’t do too well at the box office and he was very much in debt. His health had also deteriorated and he had put on weight but still acted in films like ‘In Custody’ based on Anita Desai’s novel and also family dramas like Sindoor, Ghar Ghar Ki Kahani, etc. Shashi Kapoor was the most gentleman actor without any controversies and always was supportive to many new comers and directors. The Hindi film industry has lost one of its biggest titans! Trade Magazine