Real Name: Shashi Kapoor
Birthday: 18 March, 1938
Birthcity: British India, (now Kolkata, West Bengal, Ind
Spouse: Jennifer Kendal (1958–1984; her death)''
First film: Junoon
Kapoor got an opportunity to work as an assistant director in the film Post Box 999, the debut film of Sunil Dutt, and worked as an assistant director to Ravindra Dave in Guest House (1959) which was followed by movies such as Dulha Dulhan, Shriman Satyawadi, where Raj Kapoor was the lead hero.
Sashi Kapoor made his debut as a leading man in the 1961 film Dharmputra and went on to appear in 116 Hindi films, including 61 films as the solo lead hero and 55 multi star-cast films, 21 films as supporting actor and special appearance in 7 films. He was a very popular actor in Bollywood during the 60s, 70s and until the mid 80s. Kapoor's early films, Dharmputra, Prem Patra, and Char Diwari, were in Hindi. He started acting in English language films in 1963, in films including The Householder and Shakespeare-Wallah. He was one of India's first actors to go international. Actress Nanda, who was an established star at this time, signed 8 Hindi films with Kapoor, as she believed that he could deliver good performances. Their first two films as a pair were the critically acclaimed romantic film Char Diwari (1961) and Mehndi Lagi Mere Haath (1962). In the 1960s Kapoor acted in several romantic films opposite Nanda, including Mohabbat Isko Kahete Hain (1965), Jab Jab Phool Khile (1965), Neend Hamari Khwab Tumhare (1966), Raja Saab (1969) and Rootha Na Karo (1970).Besides for his brother Shammi Kapoor, music directors Shankar Jaikishan, Kalyanji Anandji, Laxmikant Pyarelal and R D Burman essentially used Mohammad Rafi's voice for Shashi Kapoor and produced many memorable and superhit songs. In an interview in the 1990s, Kapoor declared that Nanda was his favourite heroine and that he regarded her as one of his mentors.In another interview, Nanda stated that Shashi Kapoor was her favourite hero.
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