The who's who of Bollywood turned out on Sunday to watch actor-filmmaker Shashi Kapoor being presented the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke award at Prithvi Theatre in Mumbai by Union information and broadcasting minister Arun Jaitley.
The entire Kapoor family attended the ceremony besides several celebrities from the film industry. Spotted at the event were actors Amitabh Bachchan, Ranbir Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor, Abhishek Bachchan, Saif Ali Khan, Karisma Kapoor, among others.
The 77-year-old veteran of the Kapoor family could not travel to New Delhi when the national awards were presented by President Pranab Mukherjee on May 3, because of ill health. Hence, he would be handed over the award at the function in suburban Mumbai.
The actor, who is wheelchair bound and has been ailing from kidney problems, is the third from his family to get the award, after father Prithvi Raj Kapoor and elder brother Raj Kapoor.
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. Some of his memorable films include Deewar, Kabhie Kabhie, Namak Halal, Kaala Pathar and others.
He was honoured with Padma Bhushan in 2011.
Who said what at the ceremony...
Thanks Shashi ji for being just who you are. A compassionate person, a wonderful colleague and a generous friend: Amitabh Bachchan
You represent the great legacy, it is the third award being conferred in your family... The way your family produces talent, I’m sure it (Dadasaheb Phalke Award) is not the last one: Union I&B minister Arun Jaitley