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  1. Amitabh Bachchan pays rich tributes to Shashi Kapoor in nostalgic, heartfelt way; read full blog here

Amitabh Bachchan pays rich tributes to Shashi Kapoor in nostalgic, heartfelt way; read full blog here

When Bollywood was busy paying its last respects to the veteran actor Shashi Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan dedicated a blog to the deceased actor and paid homage to him in a unique, heartfelt manner.

By: | Published: December 5, 2017 11:30 AM
Amitabh Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor, bollywood film, bollywood golden era,  Prithviraj Kapoor, Kapoor family, Kapoor Khandan, shashi Kapoor death Bachchan talks about the charming aura that Shashi Kapoor had and described the first introduction to the actor. (Express Archives)

When Bollywood was busy paying its last respects to the veteran actor Shashi Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan dedicated a blog to the deceased actor and paid homage to him in a unique, heartfelt manner. An old colleague and friend of Kapoor, Amitabh took to the social networking site too and tweeted the blog with the title ‘To Shashiji from your babbua’. Bachchan starts with a ”sher” by Rumi Jafri which read, “how long could I have preserved this exquisite and expensive book of life; the pages of the book were damaged ..” He then reminisces about that point of time when he had taken it for granted that he stood no chance in the industry which boasted of such a handsome actor, ” He writes, ” 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.”

Bachchan talks about the charming aura that Shashi Kapoor had and described the first introduction to the actor, “’Shashi Kapoor!’” was what one heard as he extended a warm soft hand out to you in introduction ; that devastating smile complimenting the twinkle in his eyes. He needn’t have done so. Everyone knew him. But this was his infectious humble self. When he spoke, there was a mischievous, gentle, almost inaudible, delicate, yodel, in his voice – most endearing and comforting to the one he was introduced to. The self-introduction habit was a gem.”

Another thing which seemed to have stayed in Bachchan’s memory is Kapoor’s hairdo. His ”semi curly hair on head, falling carelessly over his forehead and ears, not quite covering it” is something that had grabbed his attention. He also reveals how he had got his barber to copy the same look for him. In his blog, he briefly documents his close association with the actor, ”collective professional camaraderie”, ”personal exigencies”.

After the death of his wife Jennifer Kendal, Bachchan recounts that he had been ailing and somewhere the veteran actor had let himself go after her demise. He reveals that he had visited him in the hospital at times when he was admitted 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 hospital ..”

He ends the blog by saying, ”He fondly addressed me as ‘babbua’ .. and with him have gone many incredible unread chapters of his and my life ..”

Read full Amitabh Bachchan blog here:

“हम ज़िंदगी को अपनी कहाँ तक सम्भालते

इस क़ीमती किताब का काग़ज़ ख़राब था “

~ rumi jafri

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 ..

1969, and those early years of efforts to join the Industry were also the times when there was a close proximity, to the area of an atmosphere, that swivelled around this most attractive man. On and off, common friends in the Industry, which I was just getting acquainted with, would introduce me to him at select social gatherings ..

“ Shashi Kapoor !” was what one heard as he extended a warm soft hand out to you in introduction ; that devastating smile complimenting the twinkle in his eyes. He needn’t have done so. Every one knew him. But this was his infectious humble self. When he spoke, there was a mischievous, gentle, almost inaudible, delicate, yodel, in his voice – most endearing and comforting to the one he was introduced to. The self introduction habit, was a gem. The one being introduced to, was, quite obviously, prompted to say his or her name as well, when they heard his. It was a remarkable tool to come to know the other persons name .. and .. if and when there was to be another meeting after many forgettable years, the same technology was most helpful in remembering the other persons name, in case you had forgotten it .. !!

I must admit .. it was a technology that remained with me as a learning, assisting me in using it during those uncomfortable times, when out of the blue someone would come out to you and address himself as a long lost buddy , with a :

“remember me ! we last met 6 years ago at the crossing of Kemps Corner, as you drove past and waved to me” !!!

My mind is warning me .. ‘of course you don’t, how could you possibly’ .. ‘stick that hand out ala Shashi Kapoor and act friendly..’

I obey ..

‘yes of course I do’ .. I say .. looking recognisably lost .. ( sticking hand out ) .. Amitabh Bachchan ..!!

And he would assure me with his .. and Kemp’s Corner and waving by, passing travelling vehicle, suddenly all come flashing by .. I am saved .. and he goes away with some rather impressionable opinions about me ..

The next .. was his semi curly hair on head, falling carelessly over his forehead and ears, not quite covering it .. and my upper story mumbled again : ‘hey ! maybe you should think of covering your ears as well ..’ … and off I went to Hakim the hair dresser at Taj Hotel with my plan .. and executed, it remained till date ..

What followed .. is a documentation of very intimate association, personal exigencies .. collective professional camaraderie .. ending in family bindings ..

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 hospitalised 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 hospital ..

…. and I did not today, when they informed me that he had gone …

The words of the ‘sher’ at the opening came to me minutes after Rumi Jafri, eminent writer in our film industry, sent them to me on learning of his death ..

“how long could I have preserved this exquisite and expensive book of life ; the pages of the book were damaged ..”

He fondly addressed me as ‘babbua’ .. and with him have gone many incredible unread chapters of his and my life ..

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