Heartthrob of Bollywood Ranbir Kapoor and nephew of Shashi Kapoor narrates the journey of veteran actor and producer in the entertainment world through a special video screened at the 62nd Academy Awards National Film here when his uncle was honored with Dadasaheb Award Phalke 2014.
The 77-year-old actor could not come for health reasons to accept the award in person at the ceremony held at Vigyan Bhawan on Sunday. But Ranbir assumed the role of a narrator and presented it as “A Junoon” and “an icon”.
Shashi Kapoor will be feted in Mumbai soon.
Shashi film presence as some of his popular scenes and songs from his films accompanied by Ranbir’s voice filled the void created by his absence.
The auditorium was filled with roaring applause and cheers when the popular songs of his films as “Wada chhodo karo ge nahi mere Saath” and “rasta hai Zindagi Ik” was played. The actor, who has appeared in over 100 films, got standing ovation when the iconic dialogue “Mere maa hai PaaS” was played.
The clip also included special messages for their co-stars like Shabana Azmi, Sharmila Tagore and Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor members of the family and his son Kunal Kapoor.
Shabana, who has worked with the icon on the screen in several films, including “Fakira” and “Junoon”, said Shashi had Indian cinema to the international platform for the first time.
“He was the first person who began working in Hollywood. Now, we are happy when we realize that ‘oh these people are accepted into the culture of Hollywood’, but it was everything that already exists,” Shabana said.
Whether your brotherly love “Deewaar” teacher-employee “Namak Halaal” or a naughty union “Do Aur Do Paanch” relationship, Shashi shared a special camaraderie with Amitabh. Big B says he still admires his co-star for her dedication.
“He would accept project even though he had to work in four different movies at the same time. He would be disciplined and punctual for all of them. And I admired it,” Amitabh said.