Big B stunned to see Shashi Kapoor
Amitabh Bachchan and Shashi Kapoor shared screen space in films like Deewar, Trishul, Namak Halal and Silsila. They had a wonderful on-screen chemistry during that days but today the condition of health of both the actors are not similar. Amitabh Bachchan is fit and doing well but Shashi Kapoor confined to wheelchair and looking at his plight during the 55th Filmfare awards, Amitabh Bachchan was shocked.
Amitabh was not present at the event but later when he saw the picture of the award function, he was stunned. "...the affable (Filmfare) editor Jitesh Pillai had asked me if I would give the Lifetime achievement Award to Shashi Kapoor and I had agreed. With great pleasure. I missed that more than thee expectation of winning the best actor award. Seeing him confined to a wheel chair, was something I could never associate with Shashi ji," the 67-year-old posted on his blog bigb.bigadda.com.
"Shashi Kapoor, that handsome gentle man. A smile on his face forever. A considerate calling on each meeting, now in this condition? Never," he added.
Remembering the times they spent together, Amitabh wrote: "Film after film we did together, Shashiji and I, shared some of my most memorable times together in the Industry. He is now my relative. His elder brother, the great Raj Kapoor's daughter Ritu's son Nikhil is married to (my daughter) Shweta.
"I spoke to him on his birthday some days ago and then again when I wanted to invite him to the premier of Paa. He had sounded weak in voice and expressed his inability to come. "I am not well', he had whispered faintly and I told him I would arrange a special screening for him. But I had never expected him to be the way I saw him at the award function in the pictures a few days back," said Amitabh.
Later the lifetime achievement award was given to Shashi Kapoor by Shabana Azmi.