Amitabh Bachchan shared screen space with Shashi Kapoor in 12 films. A number impossible to achieve unless one has developed the kind of friendship with his co-star that goes beyond the vanity van anmd the film's set. Yet when Bachchan was told about Shashi being hospitalised, he refused to go meet his Deewar co-star. In his blog Bachchan Bol he has now revealed why. Here are a few excerpts:
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 ..
Hi! I'm Shashi Kapoor
Shashi Kapoor, Bachchan writes, always introduced himself first. While many felt that it was Kapoor's humble self at his best, it was also a means for him to remember the other person's name.
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 .. !!
Right hair, right now
Over the years Bachchan became a force to reckon with. A superstar who would sustain his run for decades. And while his hairstyle was one of the many things that his fans copied, it was Shashi Kapoor who inspired it.
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 ..
Bachchan, however, was there at Janki Kutir to pay his last respects to the man who inspired him in many ways.