Do you know why Shashi Kapoor is called Shashi Kapoor? Well, as you remember the yesteryears superstar, let us tell you a little story about how and why he was named such. Shashi Kapoor was born to Prithviraj Kapoor and Ramsarni Kapoor on March 18, 1938 in Calcutta. He was given the name Balbir Raj - in keeping with the Kapoor family tradition of adopting the word 'Raj' (or 'king') in its many variations.
His mother did not like the name and began calling him Shashi - or moonbeam - since he was obsessed with the moon and spent long hours watching it. And, Raj Kapoor used to call his brother 'taxi'. Unusual right?