Shashi Kapoor birthday special: A class apart

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!Subscribe to me on YouTube


  • gp

    Happy Birthday Shashida!
    you were great in your own era and time!
    Hats off!

  • Lidia

    Dear Shashi
    You are a great man and human being and a wonderful actor, charming and lighting the world with good deeds. I admire you very much.
    God bless you and your family. HAPPY BHIRTDAY TO YOU.
    With love
    Your great fan Lidia

  • Saira

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY.. I hope you live many many more years!!
    You are the ORIGINAL HOTTY of Bollywood

  • Imran

    Shashi Sahib,

    A very happy birthday! You are still my idol when it comes to Bollywood cinema. It’s sad that you are no longer active in the movie industry.

    May Allah grant you a long life, peace and happiness.


  • anu

    Dear shashi, A very happy birthday to you, You are a beautiful person inside out, i wish i will have an opportunity to serve you in any which way as a person who truly admire you. I dont know if i am imagining things but ek ajeeb sa udhasi aap ke ankhon me dekh kar mujhe lag ta hai ki agar mujh me jadoo hothi tho aap ko apni Jennifer phir se vaapas karloon.