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Shashi Kapoor cremated with state honours
Stood no chance with men like him around: Amitabh
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MUMBAI, Dec 5 (Agencies): The skies opened up today as the legendary Shashi Kapoor, the romantic Hindi screen icon of the 70s and 80s, was cremated with state honours at the Santacruz Hindu crematorium here.

The long ailing actor passed away last evening at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital here. He was 79.

Shashi Kapoor was given a state funeral, which was held amid massive security around 12 noon in the electric crematorium.

The actor-producer’s body was taken to the crematorium from his Juhu home in an ambulance at 11.45 AM.

Hundreds of people bid the actor a tearful adieu in the pelting rain.

His three children — sons Kunal and Karan and daughter Sanjna — were there as were other members of the Kapoor family and scores of film personalities to say their goodbyes to the actor who straddled the worlds of commercial and art house cinema.

About a dozen policemen draped the actor’s body in tricolour, which was later removed for the rituals. There were three rounds of fire to honour the late actor, who had spent more than four decades in Hindi cinema.

This was followed by a minute’s silence.

Hundreds of fans with umbrellas and raincoats gathered at the crematorium, undeterred by the rain and warnings of a cyclone.

Celebrities such as Amitabh and Abhishek Bachchan, Shyam Benegal, Shah Rukh Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Ayan Mukherji, Hansal Mehta, Nandita Das, Lara Dutta with husband Mahesh Bhupati, and Maharashtra politician Ramdas Athawale were amongst those who paid their respects to the actor.

Writer Salim Khan, who gave Shashi Kapoor the iconic one-line “Mere paas ma hai” in Deewar along with Javed Akhtar, was there as well.

An emotional Bachchan, who paired with Shashi Kapoor to give hits such as “Deewaar”, “Silsila” and “Kabhi Kabhie”, was seen hugging the actor’s family members.

Bachchan also visited the veteran actor’s residence.

As brothers-in-arms or partners-in- crime, megastar Amitabh Bachchan also shared fond memories of spending his life – both onscreen and offscreen – with veteran actor Shashi Kapoor, the “incredibly handsome” star, who passed away yesterday.

Having worked in around 14 films, including hits such as “Deewaar”, “Kaala Patthar”, “Trishul”, “Suhaag”, “Shaan”, among others, the duo also collaborated in “Ajooba” (1991) with Shashi directing Bachchan for the first and only time.

The megastar, in his personal blog, remembered feeling a little uncertain as an aspiring actor about his future in the film industry with the likes of charming actor like Shashi around.

“I said to myself, as very uncertain thoughts raced through my mind of wanting to become a film actor, that, with men like him around, I stood no chance at all…”

Bachchan recalled coming face-to-face with Shashi in a glitzy magazine, which announced his debut in films.

“Standing elegantly without a care in the world, I saw him standing by a Mercedes Sports car, a convertible, a smart trimmed beard and moustache, adorning involuntarily, the face of this incredibly handsome man…” he wrote.

The actor, who was fondly called ‘babbua’ by Shashi, said he knew the veteran actor had been ailing for a long time but he avoided visiting him.

“I had visited him on occasion in Hospital during some of the times he had been hospitalised earlier… But I never went to see him again… I would never have… I never ever wanted to see this beautiful friend and ‘samdhi’ in the state I saw him in hospital…

“… And I did not today, when they informed me that he had gone,” he wrote.

Bachchan also recounted couple of incidents with Shashi at the centre – where he always ended up receiving something from the generous actor.

The “Pink” star said he learnt the “self-introduction habit” from Shashi, which he uses till date.

He said the “Waqt” actor would extend a “warm soft hand out” in his first acquaintance with someone, disarming people with the “twinkle in his eyes” and “mischievous, gentle, yodel in his voice.”

And it was Shashi who inspired Bachchan to cover his ears with hair in the era that thrived with leading men in thick sideburns.

“Hey! maybe you should think of covering your ears as well…’ and off I went to Hakim the hairdresser at Taj Hotel with my plan… And executed, it remained till date…,” Amutabh recalled in his blog.

Saif, who is married to Shashi Kapoor’s grand-niece Kareena Kapoor Khan, arrived early with Ranbir Kapoor.

“I used to call him uncle. I was very close to him. It’s not only a loss for our family but for Bollywood,” said the “Chef” actor.

Sanjay Dutt, Naseeruddin Shah, Anil Kapoor and Aamir Khan were amongst those present at the residence for a prayer meeting earlier in the day.

Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Poonam Dhillon, Shakti Kapoor, Dev Mukherjee, Sachin Pilgaonkar, Seema Pahwa, Supriya Pathak, Suresh Oberoi and Saroj Khan were also present at the cremation.


News Updated at : Wednesday, December 6, 2017
 
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