India’s prestigious and one of Asia’s largest film festivals, International Film Festival of India (IFFI) will be organizing a special Retrospective of this year’s Dadasaheb Phalke Award Winner, Shashi Kapoor.
His career spanning over four decades, Shashi Kapoor has given some outstanding and marvelous performances in the 160 films he has appeared in, 12 of them being English. The other 148 Hindi films he played in, Shashi played the solo lead hero in 61 films and played lead hero in 53 multi-star films. Not only has he acted but he has also produced 6 films including the national award winning film, Junoon.
Shyam Benegal who directed Shashi Kapoor in Kalyug and Junoon remembers the divine actor to be thorough and professional, he also said,
Though, Shashi was one of the biggest stars of his time, he was always punctual. He never made anyone wait even for a minute. He was always ready with his lines and would always seem well prepared on sets. He has been the film producer of both my films, Kalyug and Junoon, and it goes without saying he is the best producer I have ever worked with. He valued professionalism throughout his career and awlays followed a unique approach of filmmaking.
The special Retrospective section will screen 8 remarkable films of Shashi Kapoor’s: Junoon (1978), New Delhi Times (1986), Utsav (1984), In Custody – Muhafiz (1993), Kalyug (1981), Deewar (1975), Shakespearwallah (1965), and House Holder (1963). It will be a delight to view these eight unforgettable and classics of Shashi Kapoor’s.
Along with Hindi films, Shashi Kapoor has also worked in some landmark English films. He is one of the first actors in numerous American and British productions. He started doing English films in 1963, the first being Merchant Ivory’s, The Householders starring Leela Naidu, which is one of the eight films the film festival will feature.
His song Kunal Kapoor says,
We, Karan, Sanajana, I, and the Kapoor family, are thrilled and proud that the DFF has honored dad, Shashi Kapoor, with a special retrospective of his films this year at the 46th edition of the IFFI in Goa. Unfortunately due to dads health may not permit him to personally attend IFFI in Goa. Holding the retrospective in Goa is an added bonus, as it was here that Dad set up a home in the early 70’s, before he started producing films. It is in Goa where he found peace, tranquility and disturbed quality time with his family, and where he came to e-charge and be inspired.
Kunal in addition added that the entire Kapoor family is very much grateful and indebted to the Government of India for recognizing his work and contribution to Indian cinema by honoring him with the Padma Bhushan and Dadasaheb Phalke Award.
C. Senthil Rajan, Director, Directorate of Film Festivals, says,
The Special Retrospective showcases the different shades of Shashi Kapoor– as an actor, producer and director. Three films are international productions while two are the ones where he played both producer and actor and has won a National Award as producer. The Retrospective Section has been carefully curated to give the domestic and international delegates of IFFI a glimpse of the path breaking and landmark works of Shashi Kapoor.
The directorate of film festivals and entertainment society of Goa are working in partnership to ensure that the 46th edition of IFFI will be one of the most memorable for cinema lovers. IFFI will take place in Goa on November 20, 2015.