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Shashi Kapoor

Shashi Kapoor
शशि कपूर
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Kapoor in 2010
Born Balbir Raj Prithviraj Kapoor
(1938-03-18)18 March 1938 (age 78)
Calcutta, British India
Occupation Actor, director, producer
Years active 1941–1999 (retired)
Spouse(s) Jennifer Kendal
(1958–1984; her death)
Children Kunal, Karan, Sanjana
Parent(s) Ramsarni and Prithviraj Kapoor
Relatives See Kapoor family
Awards Padma Bhushan (2011)
Dadasaheb Phalke Award (2014)

Shashi Kapoor (born as Balbir Raj Prithviraj Kapoor; 18 March 1938) is an Indian film actor and film producer. He has appeared in a large number of Hindi language films as well as in a few English-language films. He has also been a film director and assistant director in the Hindi film industry.

Shashi Kapoor is a member of the Kapoor family, a film dynasty in India's Bollywood cinema. Kapoor was born in Calcutta (now Kolkata) during British Raj. He is the 3rd and the youngest son of Prithviraj Kapoor; the younger brother of Raj Kapoor and Shammi Kapoor; the widower of Jennifer Kendal (sister of actress Felicity Kendal), and the father of Karan Kapoor, Kunal Kapoor, and Sanjana Kapoor.

In 2011, he was honoured with the Padma Bhushan by the Government of India for his contributions to Art-Cinema. In 2015, he was awarded the 2014 Dadasaheb Phalke Award, making him the third member of his family to receive the highest award in Indian Cinema after Prithviraj Kapoor and Raj Kapoor.

From the age of four, Shashi Kapoor acted in plays directed and produced by his father Prithviraj Kapoor, while travelling with Prithvi Theatres. He started acting in films as a child in the late 1940s, appearing in commercial films including Sangram (1950), Dana Paani (1953) under the name of Shashiraj as there was another actor by the same name who used to act in mythological films as child artiste. His best known performances as child artist were in Aag (1948) and Awaara (1951), where he played the younger version of the characters played by his older brother Raj Kapoor and in Sangram (1950), where he played younger version of Ashok Kumar. He worked in four Hindi films as a child artist from 1948 to 1954.


Year Film Notes
1978 Junoon Won 1979
National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi
1980 Kalyug
1981 36 Chowringhee Lane
1982 Vijeta
1984 Utsav
1991 Ajooba
Year Film Notes
1991 Ajooba
1974 Manoranjan
1964 Dulha Dulhan
1960 Shriman Satyawadi
1959 Guest House
1958 Post Box 999
Year Film Notes
1991 Ajooba Bollywood Film
1988 Vozvrashcheniye Bagdadskogo Vora Russian Film

  • Shashi Kapoor presents the Prithviwallahs, by Shashi Kapoor, Deepa Gahlot, Prithvi Theatre (Mumbai, India). Roli Books, 2004. .
  • The Kapoors: The First Family of Indian Cinema, by Madhu Jain. Penguin, Viking, 2005. .
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