Saturday, April 25, 2015

Amitabh Bachchan to pay ode to Shashi Kapoor at 62nd National Award

The Amitabh Bachchan and Shashi Kapoor Jodi is Bollywood’s most popular pair which has given a string of hit movies like DEEWAR, TRISHUL, KABHI KABHI, SUHAAG, NAMAK HALAAL, SHAAN, ROTI KAPDA AUR MAKAAN ETC. The list is quite long. 

Besides sharing a great chemistry on screen the two also share an equally great bound on personnel front. Shashi Kapoor’s father Prithiv Raj Kapoor and Bachchan’s father Harivansh Rai Bachchan were great friends as both were admirers of each other's works - one for his stage the other for his poetry.

Hence when Shashi Kapoor’s son requested Amitabh Bachchan to pay a small compliment to his dad on the occasion of his father receiving this year's prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award for his outstanding contribution to the growth and development of Indian Cinema, Amitabh Bachchan could not let him down.

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In his blog Amitabh informed his fans that he has recorded a small message for a video clip that will displayed on a wide screen during the 62 National Awards function in New Delhi. 

Bachchan quoted, “We are all honoured by the decision of Government of India to bestow actor Shashi Kapoor with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, the National highest Award for the Industry. Shashi ji and I have shared so much it is difficult to imagine how we did it. Some thoughts and words tumble out. But nothing can give adequate expression of what we would ideally like to state. There is so much to say and remember.” 

Readers would be surprised to know that when Amitabh Bachchan was struggling to make it big in Bollywood, it was Shashi Kapoor, who had helped him. 

According to a source close to Amitabh Bachchan once Shashi Kapoor helped Amitabh securing a role in a film that he was doing for James Ivory-Ismail Merchant's Filmvalas. However when he found Amitabh Bachchan standing in a crowd and playing an extra in the film he was very angry. He took Amitabh Bachchan to a side and said, “You are not meant to play such minimal roles, do not do the role.”

Saying this Shashi Kapoor left the studio but Bachchan did the role as he needed money desperately, however when Shashi Kapoor saw the rushes he asked the director to delete the portions of Amitabh Bachchan.!

Who is the real recipient of Dadasaheb Phalke Award - Shah Rukh Khan or Shashi Kapoor?

Recently the media was filled with news of Shah Rukh Khan winning the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke award regarded as the one of the highest awards in Indian cinemas. While a few weeks ago there were reports of yesteryear actor Shashi Kapoor being bestowed with country’s highest film award the Dadasaheb Phalke award! 

Thus there is confusion among readers as who is the real recipient of Dadasaheb Phalke award? 

Well, to be frank both Shah Rukh Khan and Shashi Kapoor are the real recipients of Dadasaheb Phalke Award but do not get perplexed because Shah Rukh Khan is the winner of the award initiated by Dadasaheb Phalke Film Foundation, a recently formed private institution.

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On the contrary Shashi Kapoor is the recipient of the award initiated by the Directorate of Film Festivals, an organisation set up by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting of Government of India. The recipient is honoured for their ‘outstanding contribution to the growth and development of Indian cinema’ and is selected by a committee consisting of eminent personalities from the Indian film industry. 

This Dadasaheb Phalke Award, is truly India's highest award in cinema and is presented annually at the National Film Awards. The award was introduced in 1969, by the Government of India to commemorate eminent filmmaker Dadasaheb Phalke's contribution to Indian cinema, who directed India's first full-length feature film, RAJA HARISHCHANDRA (1913). 

Owner of Bombay Talkies and India’s first lady superstar Devika Rani was the first recipient of this award. Other great who have won this award include Dilip Kumar, Satyajit Ray, V. Shantaram, Lata Mangeshkar, Sivaji Ganesan, Adoor Gopalakrishnan, K. Balachander, Gulzar etc.

As of 2014, there have been 46 film celebrities have been awarded this great honor. 

Shashi Kapoor is the recipient of 2014 and will be honoured at the 62nd National Film Awards ceremony next month in May.