Actor-filmmaker Shashi Kapoor, who has starred in over 100 Hindi films and best known for his powerful portrayals in hits like “Namak Halaal”, “Deewar” and “Kabhie Kabhie”, was today chosen for the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke award, the highest official recognition for film personalities in India.The veteran actor-producer, 77, is the 46th winner of the honor, conferred by the government for outstanding contribution to the growth and development of Indian cinema.
“I think he must be quite chuffed because his father won it as well. It’s sad that on a day like this we have an award on one hand and an income tax issue with the theatre on the other,” said Kunal Kapoor, who, was speaking to NDTV outside the Kapoor-run Prithvi Theatre in Mumbai. Shashi Kapoor won the National Award thrice and received the Padma Bhushan in 2011.
Kapoor’s nephew Rishi Kapoor congratulated him on Twitter, saying, “Yes! Shashi Kapoor to get the prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke award for contribution to Indian Cinema. Well deserved uncle.Kapoor made his debut as a leading man in the 1961 film ‘Dharmputra’ and went on to appear in more than 116 films during the 60s, 70s and until the mid 80s. Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, congratulating Shashi Kapoor on the award, said in a tweet that “his sensitive portrayal of human emotions has touched many a heart”.