The Hush Post: Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan has penned a heartfelt post for late actor Shashi Kapoor, who passed away on Monday at the age of 79. His blog opens with an exquisite Hindi verse of an eminent writer in Bollywood, Rumi Jafri, who exchanged his views on Shashi Kapoor’s demise with him “how long could I have preserved this exquisite and expensive book of life ; the pages of the book were damaged ..” Big B, in his post, recalled the day when he first saw Shashi Kapoor’s picture in a magazine. “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,” wrote the 75-year-old.
“ 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 .. !!
Senior Bachchan revealed..“He had been ailing…somewhere he had let himself go after the passing away of his dear wife Jennifer…I had visited him on one 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…”
Big B and Shashi Kapoor acted in blockbusters including ‘Deewar’ (1975), ‘Kabhi Kabhie’ (1976), ‘Trishul’ (1978) and ‘Namak Halaal’ (1982).