Handsome, dashing, debonair, suave all these lofty adjectives fall short to define the charismatic persona of actor, director and film producer Shashi Kapoor, who turns 78 today.
From the classy Hollywood flicks like Merchant-Ivory Productions' THE HOUSEHOLDER or SHAKESPEARE WALLAH to the typical Bollywood mainstream masala movies like JAB JAB PHOOL KHILE or CHOR MACHAYE SHOR to art-house thought provoking movies like JUNOON or MUHAFIZ, Shashi Kapoor could effortlessly switch into any character thus establishing his authority over the medium.
However what may stun readers is that though Shashi Kapoor has to his credits two National Film Awards for Best Actor viz. NEW DELHI TIMES (1986) and MUHAFIZ (1994) and Indian film industry's most the prestigious award the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for his brilliant contribution to Indian Cinema, yet it's tragic that Shashi Kapoor never got his due recognition as an actor.
Despite his noteworthy performances that include JAB JAB PHOOL KHILE, HASEENA MAAN JAYEGI, JUNOON, KALYUG, UTSAV etc. both the film critics as well as the celebrated Filmfare Awards always ignored him as a mere ‘Chocolate Hero', which frustrated him so much that he began his own production house ‘Film Valas' in 1978 but alas yet again his performance went unnoticed though he won Best film producers award for JUNOON and KALYUG.
Filmfare Awards' ill treatment to Shashi Kapoor can be gauged from the fact that Shashi Kapoor won just a single Filmfare award (that too not as Best Actor) Best Supporting Actor in DEEWAAR and just two Filmfare nominations (Again not for Best Actor) in KABHI KABHIE and NAMAK HALAAL as Best Supporting Actor!!
Nevertheless the government of India's Padma Bhushan given to Shashi Kapoor on 2011 is a little solace for the actor who has literary devoted his entire life to Indian cinema from child actor (since four years) to his dotage.
Recently social media went viral with the death news of Shashi Kapoor, disturbing not only the sentiments of millions of Shashi Kapoor's fans but the actor himself and his near and dear ones.
What is painful is that these days with invention of social media there is no control over hoax news. The trend of such hoax news has not only put a question mark on the creditability of serious journalism but has also exposed how insensitive the society is becoming with changing times.
The rage to become ‘first' in paying RIP to celebrities is such fanatic that the younger generation cares a damn about the emotions and the trauma that the kith and kin of the celebrity undergoes when such fake news are circulated.
During our times journalist were aware about the responsibilities of their job and were ‘extra cautious' while breaking news, particularly, sensitive news as the demise of celebrities. We interacted frequently with celebrities and had pleasant relation even with their families. We easily contacted them and got the authenticity of the news from the horse's mouth!
I remember on January 4, 1994, around 4.30 a.m. in the early my telephone bell rung and my close colleague informed me about the tragic death of music legend R.D. Burman. I was dazed but I controlled my nerves and waited until it was morning.
Though the news was given to me by a senior journalist but still I did not break the news to my editor before confirming the same with Asha Bhosle. At 6 in the morning I called Ashaji and she confirmed the news that at 3.45 in the morning Pancham (R.B. Burman lovingly addressed) breathed his last. Only after confirming the news I reported the news to my editor.
Today, though technology has advanced, but tragically our relations have soured. People do not have time to talk to their own relatives so forget, people talking to the close ones of a celebrity, who has expired. People are in haste and have no time to scrutinize authenticity of the news from the close relatives hence the errors.
I am reminded of a quote of a famous thinker - “Technology well used is boon and if misused it becomes nuisance.”
Glamsham.Com wishes Shashi Kapoor birthday greetings and pray for his long and healthy life.
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