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Remembering Shashi Kapoor: Asha Parekh says he was a fun-loving person, wanted to live life to the fullest

Actor Asha Parekh remembers co-star Shashi Kapoor, who died on Monday evening in Mumbai; says the 79-year-old would have fun on sets, but when it came to work, he was very sincere and committed.

bollywood Updated: Dec 04, 2017 19:37 IST
As told to Monika Rawal Kukreja
As told to Monika Rawal Kukreja
Hindustan Times
Shashi Kapoor,RIP Shashi Kapoor,Asha Parekh
Shashi Kapoor with Asha Parekh in the film Kanyadaan.(Screengrab)

It’s shocking that Shashi is not there among us today. A person who dedicated his life to art —I mean — not many stars do that, but he did it. He produced films, directed films and even acted in them. He must have acted in 300 or 400 movies. He put up Prithvi theatre, thought of theatre actors and a way of bringing new artists from theatre background, together.

He was a very fun loving person and wanted to live his life to the fullest. Whenever I worked with him in films, he was someone who used to keep everybody on their toes. He would make fun and crack jokes but when work came, he was very serious about it. He was a very dedicated actor (The two worked together in Kanyadaan (1968), Pyar Ka Mausam (1969), Pakhandi (1984), Hum To Chale Pardes (1988), Raiszaada (1991).

I met him last when he was given the Dadasaheb Phalke award (2015). But otherwise, I wasn’t really in touch with him for all these years because he was not keeping too well. Once or twice, I had met him at the hospital also. I remember, when he was first admitted to the hospital, I, Nanda and Waheeda (Rahman) — all three of us had gone to see him.

As a co-star, I learned from him that be dedicated to your work and get engrossed in whatever you are doing. Shashi was a fabulous actor, so I am sure actors of today’s generation can learn a lot from him.

What else do we say....He was a lovely artist and a lovely person. We lost a lovely human being. People will always remember him.

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First Published: Dec 04, 2017 19:25 IST