Amitabh Bachchan shares his fondest memories of Shashi Kapoor in heartfelt note
The news of veteran Bollywood actor Shashi Kapoor's sudden passing sent shockwaves throughout the film industry. The legend, who was known for his enigmatic style, incredibly good looks and acting prowess, breathed his last at a city hospital. He was 79.
Following the news of his demise, a number of Bollywood stars were spotted flocking to his residence to pay their heartfelt condolences to the family apart from taking to social media to share their fondest memories of the star. Amitabh Bachchan, son Abhishek and daughter Shweta were among the many who were spotted visiting the Kapoor residence late Monday night. Amitabh, who was known to have shared a very close bond with Kapoor, took to his blog this morning to share some of his fondest memories and pay ode to him in a post he titled, "To Shashiji from your 'babbua'." In the long post, he recalled the time he Shashi Kapoor's photoshoot in a magazine spread. He wrote, "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.''
He continued by fondly remembering his first interaction with the "infectious humble" star who had a "mischievous, gentle, almost inaudible, delicate, yodel, in his voice." Apart from sharing instances from the various chapters in his life, he also spoke fondly of how he took Shashi's hair styling advise saying, "'hey! maybe you should think of covering your ears as well..' ...and off I went to Hakim the hairdresser at Taj Hotel with my plan.. and executed, it remained till date.." Speaking of his deteriorating health, he said, "He had been ailing .. somewhere he had let himself go after the passing away of his dear wife Jennifer .. I had visited him on occasion in Hospital during some of the times he had been hospitalized 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 the hospital.."
He signed off saying, "He fondly addressed me as 'babbua' .. and with him have gone many incredible unread chapters of his and my life..." Amitabh Bachchan and Shashi Kapoor have worked together in many super-hit films like 'Deewaar', 'Suhaag', 'Kabhie Kabhie', 'Trishul', 'Silsila' and 'Namak Halaal'.
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