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100 Years of Indian Cinema: Shashi Kapoor, the man who pioneered crossover films in India

March 17, 2013, 3:47 pm
  • 100 Years of Indian Cinema: Shashi Kapoor, the man who pioneered crossover films in India
  • Born in the 'Kapoor' khandan, Shashi Kapoor took to acting like a duck to water. After making a few appearances as child artist in film, he made his Bollywood debut in 1961. But unlike his father and brothers, Shashi Kapoor did not just stick to Bollywood films. He became the first actor to experiment with English films while simultaneously working in Bollywood films.
  • 100 Years of Indian Cinema: Shashi Kapoor, the man who pioneered crossover films in India
  • Shashi Kapoor is one Bollywood actor who did not shy away from experimenting with English films at the nascent stage of his career. Within two years of making his debut in Bollywood, he was seen playing the lead in Merchant Ivory production 'The Householder'.
  • 100 Years of Indian Cinema: Shashi Kapoor, the man who pioneered crossover films in India
  • Away from playing the typical 'hero' in Bollywood films, he also took up serious roles in his offbeat films. He played the role of a teacher who learns the nuances of a married life in 'The Householder'.
  • 100 Years of Indian Cinema: Shashi Kapoor, the man who pioneered crossover films in India
  • Shashi Kapoor was intrigued by the realistic cinema. Most of his English films were often shot on small budgets but it was the realism that took him back to the English films.
  • 100 Years of Indian Cinema: Shashi Kapoor, the man who pioneered crossover films in India
  • After the success of 'The Householder', the team of Merchant and Ivory yet again joined hands with Shashi Kapoor for 'Shakespeare Wallah'. Based on travelling theatre, the film got accolades at the foreign festivals. Shashi Kapoor portrayed the role of a playboy unlike any of his Bollywood roles.
  • 100 Years of Indian Cinema: Shashi Kapoor, the man who pioneered crossover films in India
  • After acting in two films with Merchant Ivory, Shashi Kapoor was later seen in a British film 'A Matter of Innocence' in 1967. He played the role of a guide in the film.
  • 100 Years of Indian Cinema: Shashi Kapoor, the man who pioneered crossover films in India
  • Shashi Kapoor was a posterboy in Bollywood. He had a distinct 'class' which made him a hit with the urban audiences, but somehow he managed to do away with that class in his English films where he was just a character. His English films were all about the character and not the 'hero' Shashi Kapoor.
  • 100 Years of Indian Cinema: Shashi Kapoor, the man who pioneered crossover films in India
  • Where his Bollywood films like 'Chor Machaye Shor', 'Abhinetri', 'Pyaar Ka Mausam' established him as a hit solo actor, he continued to work in English films. He yet again collaborated with Merchant Ivory in 1970 for 'Bombay Talkie'. He played the role of a famous Bollywood actor in the film who falls for a British author.
  • 100 Years of Indian Cinema: Shashi Kapoor, the man who pioneered crossover films in India
  • 1978 film 'Satyam Shivam Sundaram' was not Shashi Kapoor's first film that had bold scenes. 1972 English film 'Siddhartha' grabbed many eyeballs for its nude scenes. Keeping with the requirement of the script, Shashi Kapoor did not shy away from kissing on screen in his English films.
  • 100 Years of Indian Cinema: Shashi Kapoor, the man who pioneered crossover films in India
  • Shashi Kapoor was yet again seen in a romantic drama in 1983 'Heat and Dust'. He played the role of Nawab in the film.
  • 100 Years of Indian Cinema: Shashi Kapoor, the man who pioneered crossover films in India
  • Shashi Kapoor who was not much seen in Bollywood films by the late 1980s decided to yet again pick up an English film. He played the role of a father in 1987 film 'Sammy and Rosie Get Laid'.
  • 100 Years of Indian Cinema: Shashi Kapoor, the man who pioneered crossover films in India
  • From 'Shakespeare Wallah' and 'A Matter of Innocence' to 'Siddhartha'and 'Sammy and Rosie Get Laid', he played everything from a dotting father to a carefree youngster who wants to explore the world with all his innocence.
  • 100 Years of Indian Cinema: Shashi Kapoor, the man who pioneered crossover films in India
  • Despite his growing age, the actor continued to do character roles in English films. He was seen sharing screen space with Pierce Brosnan in 1988 film 'The Deceivers'.
  • 100 Years of Indian Cinema: Shashi Kapoor, the man who pioneered crossover films in India
  • Shashi Kapoor yet again united with Merchant Ivory productions for his National Award winning performance in 1993 film 'In Custody'.
  • 100 Years of Indian Cinema: Shashi Kapoor, the man who pioneered crossover films in India
  • Shashi Kapoor was last seen in Tony Geber's 'Side Streets' in 1998. The film marked an end to his career in English films. Despite a handful of films, Shashi Kapoor remains the pioneer of English films in India.
  • 100 Years of Indian Cinema: Shashi Kapoor, the man who pioneered crossover films in India
  • 100 Years of Indian Cinema: Shashi Kapoor, the man who pioneered crossover films in India
  • 100 Years of Indian Cinema: Shashi Kapoor, the man who pioneered crossover films in India
  • 100 Years of Indian Cinema: Shashi Kapoor, the man who pioneered crossover films in India
  • 100 Years of Indian Cinema: Shashi Kapoor, the man who pioneered crossover films in India
  • 100 Years of Indian Cinema: Shashi Kapoor, the man who pioneered crossover films in India
  • 100 Years of Indian Cinema: Shashi Kapoor, the man who pioneered crossover films in India
  • 100 Years of Indian Cinema: Shashi Kapoor, the man who pioneered crossover films in India
  • 100 Years of Indian Cinema: Shashi Kapoor, the man who pioneered crossover films in India
  • 100 Years of Indian Cinema: Shashi Kapoor, the man who pioneered crossover films in India
  • 100 Years of Indian Cinema: Shashi Kapoor, the man who pioneered crossover films in India
  • 100 Years of Indian Cinema: Shashi Kapoor, the man who pioneered crossover films in India
  • 100 Years of Indian Cinema: Shashi Kapoor, the man who pioneered crossover films in India
  • 100 Years of Indian Cinema: Shashi Kapoor, the man who pioneered crossover films in India
  • 100 Years of Indian Cinema: Shashi Kapoor, the man who pioneered crossover films in India