Shashi Kapoor, the ace actor, director and producer from the illustrious Kapoor Khandaan, who ruled Bollywood in the late 60’s and 70’s with super hit movies like JAB JAB PHOOL KHILE, HASEENA MAAN JAYEGI, SHARMELEE,AA GALE LAG JAA, CHORI MERA KAAM,CHOR MACHAYE SHOR, SATYAM SHIVAM SUNDARAM, etc and produced thought provoking parallel cinema like KALYUG and JUNOON is suffering from acute chest infection.
He is being treated at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani hospital, Andheri in Mumbai and as per Ram Narain, executive director of the hospital the actor is fast recovering. He added, “He is now on antibiotics, but is stable right now.”
Superstar of millennium Amitabh Bachchan, who shares a very good relation with Shashi Kapoor prayed for his speedy recovery. Bachchan in his tweet wrote, “May the Almighty be by the side of one that has been ill in Hospital for a few days and make him his usual self again ..!”
It may be noted that Shashi Kapoor is the only actor who has the privilege of acting opposite Amitabh Bachchan in as many as 16 movies. The most popular movies of Amitabh Bachchan and Shashi Kapoor together are DEEWAAR, KABHIE KABHIE, TRISHUL, ROTI KAPADA AUR MAKAAN, SILSILA, SHAAN, DO AUR DO PAANCH, SUHAAG, NAMAK HALAAL, KAALA PATTHAR, SHAAN etc.
Readers would be rather shocked to know that when Amitabh Bachchan was struggling in Mumbai to become a star, Shashi Kapoor was already a busy star and it was Shashi Kapoor who had first seen glimpses of a superstar in Amitabh Bachchan. Hence he discouraged Bachchan from doing trivial roles as he had faith in Bachchchan.
Amitabh Bachchan in his blog once wrote, “When Shashi ji found me doing an extra role in James Ivory-Ismail Merchant's FILMVALAS, an English movie, he told, “Don’t do such trivial roles, you are not made for it and taking me aside he helped me financially.”
Years later Shashi Kapoor’s forecast turned true and Amitabh Bachchan got the privilege of being cast opposite Shashi Kapoor in DEEWAAR, not as a junior artist but in a lead role!