Shashi Kapoor was a renowned film actor and filmmaker. His real name is Balbir Prithviraj Kapoor but he used his stage name as Shashi Kapoor as there was another actor in the Indian film industry with the same name. He is best known for his solo lead hero performances in Bollywood films like Jab Jab Phool Khile (1965), Neend Hamari Khwab Tumhare (1966), Haseena Maan Jayegi (1968), Pyar Ka Mausam (1969), Raja Saab (1969), and so on. Check out Shashi Kapoor Wiki, Height, Weight, Age, Girlfriend, Wife, Caste, Family, Biography & More.
Shashi was born on 18 March 1938 in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. He was honored with some popular awards like Padma Bhushan in 2011 and Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2015. He was also honored by Walk of the Stars in 2013 as his handprint was preserved for posterity at Bandstand Promenade in Bandra, Mumbai. He was the third member of his family after Prithviraj Kapoor and Raj Kapoor who received the highest awards in Indian film industry.
In 2012, Shashi went for a cataract surgery at Kokilaben Hospital, Mumbai. However, on the same day, he was discharged.
He was suffered from kidney failure for the last few years and was on dialysis. On 3 December 2017, he was admitted to Kokilaben Hospital in Mumbai for a reported chest infection and due to prolonged liver cirrhosis (kidney failure), he died on 4 December 2017.
Family, Caste & Girlfriend
He belongs to a Punjabi Khatri family and was born to actor & director Prithviraj Kapoor and Ramsarni Mehra. He has 2 brothers Raj Kapoor and Shammi Kapoor, they both were actors and has a sister Urmila Sial Kapoor.
In 1958, he got married to her girlfriend Jennifer Kendal. His wife died in 1984 due to terminal colon cancer. He has 2 sons Karan Kapoor (Photographer) & Kunal Kapoor (Ad-maker) and has a daughter Sanjana Kapoor who runs their own theatre company Junoon.
He did his schooling at Don Bosco High School, Matunga, Mumbai. He made his first on-screen appearance as a child artist in 1948 with the Bollywood film Aag as Young Kewal Khanna. He also acted in numerous plays in his childhood that has been directed and produced by his father Prithviraj Kapoor. He started working as an assistant director in 1958 in the Bollywood film Post Box 999. In 1961, he got the lead role in the Bollywood film Dharmputra as Dilip Rai. He also acted in some Hollywood films like The Householder (1963), Shakespeare Wallah (1965), Pretty Polly (1967), Bombay Talkie (1970), Siddhartha (1972), Heat and Dust (1982), Sammy and Rosie Get Laid (1987), The Deceivers (1988), Jinnah (1998), and Side Streets (1998).
In 1996, he made his TV debut with the British/American TV serial Gulliver’s Travels.
In 1978, he launched his own production house Film Valas which produced some Bollywood films like Junoon (1978), Kalyug (1980), 36 Chowringhee Lane (1981), Vijeta (1982), Utsav (1984), and Ajooba (1991). Apart from that, he directed a Bollywood film Ajooba (1991) and a Russian language film Vozvrashcheniye Bagdadskogo Vora (1988).
- He was the second highest paid Bollywood actor in the early 1970s after Rajesh Khanna.
- He spent his free time by playing musical instruments, listening to music, and watching films.
- His father Prithviraj Kapoor was his biggest inspiration in his life.
- In 1978, he along with his wife re-opened Prithvi Theatre which was closed after the death of his father in 1972.
- He never worked on Sunday and spent his whole day with his loving family.
- Nanda was his all-time favorite actress.
- His favorite musical Instrument was Piano.