Yes, it will take us more time to digest the fact that the Indian film industry has lost another one of its brightest names to have graced the industry, Shashi Kapoor. The actor enriched every project he touched with his irresistible charm and undeniable good looks. We have seen the Bollywood veteran not only as a handsome face in films, but has also been in the capacity behind the cameras as director and producer.
The superstar, often touted to be the most handsome face of the Kapoor family, had an elaborate career, and one that was defined by not only his acting, his direction, or his overall presence in the film, but the actresses that amended his roles in his films as well. We’re talking about some of the most popular actresses that he worked with and the crackling chemistry he had with them, who highlighted his career and brought it to the forefront. We’ve listed down five of the most prominent actresses who Kapoor shared the screen with:
Perhaps one of the most famous, and unlikely on screen partnerships, Shashi Kapoor and Rakhee were a hit among the fans. The on screen duo went on to appear in numerous films such as Jaanwar Aur Insaan (1972), Kabhi Kabhie (1976), Baseraa (1981), Pighalta Aasman (1985), the critically acclaimed Trishna (1978), Doosara Aadmi (1977), Bandhan Kuchchey Daghon Ka, Bandh Honth (1984), and Zameen Aasman. ALSO READ: Shashi Kapoor Passes Away: These Unseen Pictures Of The Legendary Actor Will Give You A Trip To Nostalgia
Despite receiving initially negative responses, it was Kapoor’s senior Nanda who saw the actor and labeled him ‘culturally different’ from the other actors that she has worked with. And the two hit it off instantly. With films like ChaarDiwari (1961), Mehendi Rang Layegi (1962), Mohabbat Isko Kahete Hain (1965), Jab Jab Phool Khile (1965), the two went on to do about eight films together.
Tagore was perhaps the actress who was most comfortable doing films with Kapoor. Another actress with whom Kapoor had a great on-screen chemistry with. The duo went on to star in numerous successes like Aamne Samne (1967), Suhana Safar (1970), Aa Gale Lag Jaa (1973), Paap Aur Punya (1974). Kapoor’s National Award for New Delhi Times (1985) also came in a film with Tagore.
Though Shashi Kapoor did a much lesser number of films with Mumtaz, their on-screen chemistry was undeniably infectious. The two always looked quite comfortable with each other in the films they did. They appeared in films like Prem Kahani (1975), Chor Machaye Shor (1974), Pyar Kiye Jaa (1966). ALSO READ: Shashi Kapoor Leaves For Heavenly Abode; Bollywood Loses Yet Another Bright Star
Another actress with whom Shashi Kapoor won hearts was Zeenat Aman in films, some of which were multi starrers and others which were the formula ridden pot boilers. Aurat (1986), Bhawani Junction (1985), Pakhandi (1984), Bandhan Kachchey Dhaagonka (1983), Vakil Baboo (1982), Krodhi (1981), Satyam Shivam Sundaram (1978), Heeralal Pannalal (1978), Deewangee (1976), Chori Mera Kaam (1975), and lastly, Roti Kapada Aur Makaan (1974).