Amitabh Bachchan and Shashi Kapoor worked together in several films in the 1970s-80s – Suhaag, Trishul, Kabhi Kabhie, Namak Halal, Deewar, Shaan, Do Aur Do Paanch, to name a few.
Naturally, over the years, the two went on to forge a very strong friendship.
So when Amitabh Bachchan was informed of Shashi Kapoor’s demise, he took some time to react to the news. In fact, Sr Bachchan didn’t even go to the hospital when told of his friend’s death, just as he didn’t visit him more than once when he was alive and in hospital – because he couldn’t bear to, and because he wanted to preserve the memory of Shashi Kapoor as he had once been.
Big B shared his feelings in a heartfelt post in tribute of the legend. Here are excepts from his post.
- He fondly addressed me as ‘babbua’ .. and with him have gone many incredible unread chapters of his and my life
- “how long could I have preserved this exquisite and expensive book of life ; the pages of the book were damaged”
Watch: Raat Baki Baat Baki Hona Hai Jo from Namak Halaal
Shashi Kapoor dies after prolonged illness
Legendary Actor Shashi Kapoor, who had been in a wheelchair for years, and had been suffering from a kidney ailment, passed away today (Dec 4, 2017) at 5.20 pm in Mumbai’s Kokilaben Ambani Hospital.
Shashi Kapoor was born in 1938 to actor Prithviraj Kapoor. He was the younger brother of Raj and Shammi Kapoor.
Shashi Kapoor also appeared in several Merchant-Ivory films such as Heat And Dust and The Householder. He was also closely associated with theatre.
After the news of his death spread, messages have been pouring in on Twitter.
#RIPShashiKapoor …the most charming and enigmatic actor ever…a gentleman movie star! His legacy in film and theatre is exceptional…thoughts and prayers with the family….his work will always live on… pic.twitter.com/U9jsAGxGET
— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) December 4, 2017
Watch: Ik Raasta Hai Zindagi song from Kaala Patthar | Shashi Kapoor
Couple of years back, Shashi Kapoor had made a rare public appearance after being awarded the Dadasaheb Phalke Award. Shashi Kapoor was also the recipient of the Padma Bhushan.