One of the charming men of Industry and a sparkling personality of B-town, legendary actor Shashi Kapoor took his last breath on Monday at Kokilaben Ambani Hospital, Mumbai. The actor died at the age of 79 due to a kidney problem. Bollywood lost one of the iconic stars of the industry yesterday!
Amitabh Bachchan who was one of the close friends and frequent co-star of Shashi Kapoor has penned down an emotional poem which has left everyone with teary eyes. He was the one who was spotted visiting the Kapoor residence late Monday night and spend time with the Kapoor family. And it was that time when Amitabh Bachchan decided to pen down an emotional letter on Shashi Kapoor.
Starting the letter with his picture, Big B thought he stood no chance in the industry when Men like Shashi Kapoor were around. Read Amitabh Bachchan’s letter on Shashi Kapoor here.
“Standing elegantly without a care in the world, I saw him standing by a Mercedes Sports car, a convertible, a smart trimmed beard and moustache, adorning involuntarily, the face of this incredibly handsome man. It was a picture that filled almost an entire page of a magazine. Shashi Kapoor … son of Prithviraj Kapoor, younger brother to Raj Kapoor and Shammi Kapoor, making a debut in a forthcoming film, is what the caption read .. And I said to myself, as very uncertain thoughts raced through my mind of wanting to become a film actor, that, with men like him around, I stood no chance at all…,” the post begins.
Amitabh Bachchan further explains how he got few good qualities from Shashi Kapoor, which is often praised by people. Here is what he further said.
“1969, and those early years of efforts to join the Industry were also the times when there was a close proximity, to the area of an atmosphere, that swivelled around this most attractive man. On and off, common friends in the Industry, which I was just getting acquainted with, would introduce me to him at select social gatherings. ‘Shashi Kapoor!’ was what one heard as he extended a warm soft hand out to you in introduction; that devastating smile complimenting the twinkle in his eyes. He needn’t have done so. Every one knew him. But this was his infectious humble self. When he spoke, there was a mischievous, gentle, almost inaudible, delicate, yodel, in his voice – most endearing and comforting to the one he was introduced to. The self introduction habit was a gem. The one being introduced to, was, quite obviously, prompted to say his or her name as well, when they heard his. It was a remarkable tool to come to know the other persons name .. and .. if and when there was to be another meeting after many forgettable years, the same technology was most helpful in remembering the other persons name, in case you had forgotten it..!!”
He then described how he went to get a haircut which covered his ears with hair. He had actually taken this inspiration from Shashi Kapoor. Here is what he said,
“The next .. was his semi curly hair on head, falling carelessly over his forehead and ears, not quite covering it .. and my upper story mumbled again : ‘hey ! maybe you should think of covering your ears as well ..’ and off I went to Hakim the hair dresser at Taj Hotel with my plan .. and executed, it remained till date.”
Big B pens down the most emotional thing at the end and it speaks about the falling health of Shashi Kapoor. Bachchan writes,
“He had been ailing… Somewhere he had let himself go after the passing away of his dear wife Jennifer .. I had visited him on occasion in Hospital during some of the times he had been hospitalised earlier .. but I never went to see him again .. I would never have .. I never ever wanted to see this beautiful friend and ‘samdhi’ in the state I saw him in hospital… and I did not today, when they informed me that he had gone,”
Closing the tribute, Big B wrote Shashi Kapoor would address him as Babbua. Bachchan wrote,
“He fondly addressed me as ‘babbua’ .. and with him have gone many incredible unread chapters of his and my life…,”
Shashi Kapoor who died at the age of 79, will never be forgotten. His funeral will be carried out today afternoon.