Shashi Kapoor birthday special: A class apart

The poster boy of Bollywood turns 75 today. We take a look at his contribution to the world of cinema

Shashi Kapoor was born on March 18, 1938 to Ramsarni (Rama) Devi Kapoor and Prithviraj Kapoor. He was born as Balbir Raj Prithvi Kapoor in Calcutta (now Kolkata) and is a brother of the late Raj Kapoor and late Shammi Kapoor. He married British actor Jennifer Kendal in 1958 but she succumbed to colon cancer in 1984. He is a father to Kunal Kapoor, Karan Kapoor and Sanjana Kapoor.

Shashi first made his onscreen appearance as a child artiste in Aag (1948) and Awaara (1951) where he played the younger version of his elder brother Raj Kapoor. Then, at the age of 23 he appeared in the lead role in Dharmaputra and went on to do 116 films post that.

Some of the most memorable roles of Shashi Kapoor have been Kanyadaan (1968), Chori Mera Kaam (1975), Sharmilee (1971), Deewar 1975), Satyam Shivam Sundaram (1978), Kabhie Kabhie – Love Is Life (1976), Do Aur do Paanch (1980) amongst the others. But while the actor has many popular Bollywood movies to his credit, he made it a point to do character driven roles and dabble in Hollywood movies too. Some of the choicest ones from the non-Indian cinema were The Householder, Heat And Dust and Holiday In Bombay.

These roles are what make Shashi Kapoor such a memorable actor. And today, on his 75th birthday we wish him a very happy birthday and pray for his long life and good health. Send in your wishes!