Mumbai, May 10: Mumbai's Prithvi Theatre, the institution which produced some exceptional acting talent for the Bollywood, filled with a galore of bollywood actors when veteran Bollywood actor Shashi Kapoor was conferred with the prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke award by Union Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Arun Jaitley.
Speaking on the occassion Jaitely said that the way your family produces talent, I’m sure it’s not the last one.
The conferral ceremony was attended by Bollywood stars including Amitabh Bachchan, Rekha, Hema Malini, Shabana Azmi, Javed Akhtar, Shyam Benegal and Rishi Kapoor.
Giving away the vote of thanks Amitabh Bachchan praised the legendary actor and said, "Thank you Shashi ji for being just who you are . This award is a subtle tribute to his wife Jennifer Kendal". He thanked Shashi Kapoor and said thanks being just who you are,compassionate person,wonderful colleague and generous friend.
The venue of the programme -Prithvi Theatre - was established by Shashi Kapoor and his late wife Jennifer Kendal, both of who had strong roots in theatre and stage. The 77-year-old actor is the third member of his renowned Kapoor family to receive the award after father Prithviraj Kapoor and elder brother Raj Kapoor.
Ranbir and Rishi Kapoor made introductions as the ceremony begun. Rishi Kapoor, the actor's nephew, spoke about being directed by his uncle in Ajooba. He revealed that Shashi Kapoor was the only director who kept his actors in check on set with a stick - an anecdote that received instant and hearty endorsement from Amitabh Bachchan, who also starred in Ajooba, from the audience. Rishi Kapoor also quoted his uncle's famous dialogue from Deewar - "mere paas ma hain."
The 77-year-old actor couldn't attend the conferral ceremony in New Delhi on May 3rd due to his ill-health.
Kapoor's son Kunal and daughter Sanjana accompanied him onto stage. He was presented with a ceremonial shawl and a certificate by Mr Jaitley. "He brought Hindi cinema and Hollywood closer," Mr Jaitley said after the presentation.
The 77-year-old actor, who has battled several illnesses in the recent past, arrived in a wheelchair. Draped in an orange scarf, he greeted well-wishers with a namaste.
Born in 1938, Kapoor hit the spotlight from the age of four acting in plays directed and produced by his father, while travelling with Prithvi Theatre. He started acting in films as a child in the late 1940s. His best known performances as child artist were in Aag (1948) and Awaara (1951), where he played the younger version of the character played by Raj Kapoor. Shashi Kapoor also worked as assistant director in the 1950s.
Kapoor made his debut as a leading man in the 1961 film Dharmputra and went on to appear in more than 116 films during 60s, 70s and until the mid 80s. Shashi Kapoor's many cinematic successes include Deewar, Kabhi Kabhie, Namak Halaal, Sharmilee, Junoon, New Delhi Times and Merchant-Ivory films like The Householder, Heat and Dust and In Custody. He was honoured with Padma Bhushan in 2011.