Shashi Kapoor’s best films and performances. As we mourn the loss of the legendary actor, here’s a look at his best films and performances..
1 Dharmputra (1961)
Shashi played minor roles in Raj’s films like Aag, Awaara and Shri 420. Moving on to the big league and lead roles was a natural progression. So Shashi made his big debut with Dharmputra, sporting a pencil moustache, well combed hair and resembling his elder brothers. Right from the first film, Shashi exuded a boyish charm that enamoured. He played a bigot in the film, a young lad suffering from communal angst and hatred and yet he left an indelible romantic impression on the audience.
2 Waqt (1965)
Back in 1965 who could say no to a colour film directed by Yash Chopra with an unprecedented star cast? There were Balraj Sahni, Raaj Kumar, Sunil Dutt, Sadhana, Sharmila Tagore and Leela Chitnis apart from Shashi. The key here was each character had an individual role to play in reaching the climax. And Shashi’s had the maximum conflict as he was the youngest of the brothers, separated and brought up in penury.
3 Jab Jab Phool Khile (1965)
A romantic tale set in Kashmir with the lead actors being two of the prettiest people in the country. Jab Jab Phool Khile was a story of young romance between Shashi Kapoor and Nanda. Invariably it had a happy ending against all odds. This might seem like classic commercial premise but Shashi wasn’t relying just on the beautiful locales. It’s believed Shashi employed some method acting for his role as Raja. He spent days with boatmen in Kashmir studying their lifestyle.
4 Haseena Maan Jayegi (1968)
Double roles were gaining popularity in the ’60s and Shashi Kapoor joined the bandwagon with Haseena Maan Jayegi. He played Kamal (sincere) and Rakesh (a rake) both army officers in love with the same woman Archana (Babita). In an altercation during war, Kamal kills Rakesh and flees home. The army thinks Kamal’s dead and informs his wife about it.
Shashi was limited in his portrayal of the two contrasting characters. But sadly both seemed almost the same. Nonetheless the film worked and the rest is history.
5 Pyar Ka Mausam (1969)
Nasir Hussain’s Pyar Ka Mausam is remembered for its ageless romantic music and picturesque locales. Also important in the film was Shashi Kapoor’s edgy performance. He played a man constantly changing aliases to survive and get work. Obviously his charm was too much to resist for Asha Parekh and the audience alike. And apart from all that conning and romance, the film also had the lost and found theme where Shashi and his parents reunite thanks to continuous humming of the subliminal Tum bin jaaon kahan.
6 Satyam Shivam Sundaram (1978)
Shashi had a bevy of commercial films and hits. But his effort to be part of meaningful cinema carried on with films like Mukti and Doosra Aadmi. It was his pursuit of art and Raj Kapoor’s resolve to create drama that made Satyam Shivam Sundaram possible. The film is remembered for Zeenat Aman’s ergonomic and untamed beauty. The film highlighted a man’s obsession with physical beauty and it was portrayed through the negative shades of the protagonist played by Shashi.
8 Deewaar (1975)
There’s a list of films in the article that mentions films Shashi did with Amitabh Bachchan. Deewaar has been omitted from that list is because he had “Maa” by his side. We’ll always remember Deewaar for Shashi’s dialogue. He was the hero of the film and the fact is, he stole the show with some masterful underplay. Amitabh’s domineering intensity was balanced by Shashi’s composure. He won the Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award for it too.
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