When Shashi Kapoor, wife Jennifer Kendal had to sell their car and other things during a financial crisis

The late actor Shashi Kapoor had no job or money in the late 60’s as his son Kunal Kapoor had said a few years ago. In an interview in 2017, Kunal said that his father had to sell his sports car. Shashi’s wife and Kunal’s mother Jennifer Kendal “also started selling things” due to their financial crisis. Kunal had said that after Sharmeelee (1971) their situation changed for the better. (Read also | When Shashi Kapoor said that Shabana Azmi “was not very good-looking”, she told Zeenat Aman that she “can not act for peanuts”)

Shashi Kapoor starred in Sharmeelee alongside Raakhee, Narendra Nath, Nazir Hussain, Iftekhar, SN Banerjee, Anita Guha, Asit Sen. The film is produced by Subodh Mukherjee and directed by Samir Ganguly. Shashi appeared in several films from 1965 to 1970 such as Jab Jab Phool Khile, Neend Hamari Khwab Tumhare, Dil Ne Pukara, Haseena Maan Jayegi, Kanyadaan, Pyar Ka Mausam, Ek Shrimaan Ek Shrimati, Suhana Safar, Rootha Na Karo and Bombay among others.

In an interview with Rediff.com, Kunal Kapoor had said, “When my father was launched as the main character in Dharamputra, none of the actresses wanted to work with a newcomer. Nanda was the only actress who agreed to work with him even though she was a star. at that time. My father only directed one film, Ajooba. The film was a big party on the set. Everyone had a blast. I do not think he was interested in directing. He is an actor. Also, he is not a businessman to produce a movie. He made great movies because he gave his cast and cast what they wanted. “

“In the late 60’s he had no job. We saw a lot of him then. That was also the time we discovered Goa. He sold his sports car. Mom also started selling things because we did not have money. After Sharmeelee (1971) things have changed again. There have been many ups and downs, but it has never bothered us. My father was one of the earliest actors to make crossover films, with Merchant-Ivory (Ismail’s successful producer-director team Merchant and James Ivory). “He made films like Householder and Shakespeare Wallah that are considered classics today,” he added.

Shashi made his acting debut in Yash Chopra’s Dharmputra (1961). The film also stars Mala Sinha, Rehman, Manmohan Krishna, Indrani Mukherjee, Tabassum, Deven Verma, Nirupa Roy and Ashok Kumar.

Throughout his career, Shashi starred in many hit films such as Kanyadan (1968), Roti Kapda Aur Makaan (1974), Prem Kahani and Deewaar (1975), Chakkar Pe Chakkar and Kabhi Kabhie (1976), Satyam Shivam Sundaram, Trishna and Heeral Pannalal ( 1978), Kaala Patthar and Suhaag (1979), Do Aur Do Paanch, Kali Ghata and Shaan (1980), Silsila (1981), Namak Halaal (1982), Pakhandi (1984), New Delhi Times (1985).

Shashi also won four National Film Awards and two Filmfare Awards. He was honored with the Padma Bhushan 2011 and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award 2014.


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