Remembering legendary actor Shashi Kapoor on his 85th birth anniversary (18/03).
Shashi Kapoor, remembered as a gentleman in his personal life, was a distinguished and accomplished actor on both stage and screen, known for his natural talent and versatility. He was also a visionary who had a clear sense of purpose, and his impact on India’s social and cultural rejuvenation was unmatched. From producing films for acclaimed directors such as Shyam Benegal and Govind Nihalani to revitalizing Mumbai’s Prithvi Theatre, Kapoor left an indelible mark on the country’s artistic landscape.
During a time when women directors were a rare sight in the film industry, Kapoor played a pivotal role in launching Aparna Sen’s directorial career by producing her debut film, 36 Chowringhee Lane. This decision helped to pave the way for other women filmmakers to follow in Sen’s footsteps, and it exemplified Kapoor’s commitment to supporting emerging talent and promoting diversity in Indian cinema.