The Late Shashi Kapoor’s Favourite Women
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The Late Shashi Kapoor’s Favourite Women

Bollywood veteran Shashi Kapoor’s second death anniversary was observed yesterday. We take a look at some of the women who shaped his career

Though fiercely devoted to his  wife Jennifer  in real life,  on screen Shashi Kapoor was every heroine’s no.1  in the most  ‘Most Handsome’ list.  The affable actor had  a way of looking compatible with all his heroines. Here’s a list of Shashi Kapoor's most compatible leading ladies.

1. Sharmila Tagore:

Shashi Kapoor and Sharmila Tagore

Shashi Kapoor and Sharmila Tagore

Though all her blockbusters were with Rajesh Khanna, Sharmila Tagore insists her most favourite co-star was  Shashi Kapoor. Married to one  of  the most handsome men in India (Tiger Pataudi), Sharmila  openly designates Shashi  as  the most  handsome man she has met. They first  worked  together  in  B R Chopra’s Waqt. Weirdly most  of their  films together like  Paap Aur Punya, Aa Gale Lag Jaa, Anari, Aamne Samne, My Love  and Suhana Safar were flops.In 1985 they starred together  in  the significant  political  expose  New  Delhi Times for which Shashi won  the National award  for best actor.Many consider this to be Shashi’s  finest performance in a Hindi film.

2. Hema Malini:

Shashi Kapoor and Hema Malini

Shashi Kapoor and Hema Malini

They first starred  together in  Subodh Mukherjee production  Abhinetri where Shashi replaced Jeetendra at  the last minute. Subsequently the  suave Shashi and  the  beautiful Hema  co-starred in  Naach Uthe Sansar, Jahan Pyar Miley, Aap Beati  and Trishul. Though their films  together seldom worked, they loved working together. Hema  maintain Shashi was  a thorough gentleman.

3. Nanda: 

Shashi Kapoor and Nanda

Shashi Kapoor and Nanda

She  was  older than Shashi and took him under her wings. They first worked  together  in  Mehndi Lagi Mere  Haath in 1961 which  was a  flop. Then they did the blockbuster  Jab Jab Phool Khile  together,  the biggest hit of Shashi’s career. But the  pair’s  subsequent films  like Juari, Rootha Na Karo, ,Neend Hamari Khwab Tumhare and Raja Saab were  miserable flops.

4. Zeenat Aman:

Shashi Kapoor and Zeenat Aman

Shashi Kapoor and Zeenat Aman

They were  first brought together by  Shashi’s brother Raj Kapoor in the  historic  flop Satyam Shivum Sunderam  but  were declared a  hit Jodi after Chori Mera  Kaam. In Roti Kapada Aur Makaan  Zeenat chose Manoj Kumar over Shashi, thereby confirming she was always  a lousy lover-chooser.

5. Raakhee Gulzar:

Shashi Kapoor and Raakhee Gulzar

Shashi Kapoor and Raakhee Gulzar

Beginning with Sharmilee in 1971 Shashi did  quite  a number  of  film with Raakhee   like Janwar  Aur Insaan, Baseraa  and  Trishna. But the one that  we love to remember them  by is Yash Chopra’s Kabhi Kabhie. When actress Shammi  turned producer  with Pighalta Aasman, Shashi and Raakhee sportingly  replaced  Rajesh Khanna and  Shabana Azmi at  the last  minute. Raakhee loved to cook  during shooting. Shashi loved  to eat. But  his wife Jennifer wouldn’t let him.

6. Rekha:

Shashi Kapoor and Rekha

Shashi Kapoor and Rekha

She  was Shashi’s favourite heroine. She starred in his  prestigious  production  Utsav and  also in his other  productions Vijeta  and  Kalyug. The  commercial films Shashi did with Rekha  like Neeyat,Kali Ghata and Baseraa were flops. If the truth be  told, they did  no successful films together.

7. Shabana Azmi: 

Shashi Kapoor and Shabana Azmi

Shashi Kapoor and Shabana Azmi

Shabana learnt to appreciate  and enjoy  the  grammar  of commercial cinema  through her  association with Shashi. She was as comfortable  doing  Shyam Benegal’s Junoon  with Shashi as she was  doing the commercial hit Fakira. Many of their  masala films together  like Atithee, Chor Sipahee, Hira Aur Patthar  and Oonch Neech Beech were plainly awful. They were last seen together  in Ismail Merchant’s In Custody which  was  one of Shashi’s final roles.

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