Written By: Gitanjali Roy |
March 23, 2015 17:54 IST ( New Delhi)
SHASHI KAPOOR WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN
REVIVING THE PRITHVI THEATRE GROUP STARTED
BY HIS FATHER PRITHVIRAJ KAPOOR
Actor Shashi Kapoor, who just celebrated his 77th
birthday, will receive this year's Dadasaheb Phalke
Award, India's highest honour in cinema.
Mr Kapoor is the star of several Bollywood films as
well as English movies produced by Merchant
Ivory. His extensive filmography contains
blockbusters like Deewar and Namak Halaal ,
acclaimed performances in Junoon and New Delhi
Times, and Merchant Ivory productions like Heat
and Dust and The Householder. He also turned
director with 1991 film Ajooba and produced films
such as 36 Chowringhee Lane and Utsav .
Shashi Kapoor, the son of actor Prithviraj Kapoor,
was instrumental in reviving the Prithvi theatre
group started by his father. He is the younger
brother of actors Raj and Shammi Kapoor. He was
married to actress Jennifer Kendal, with who he
co-starred in films like Bombay Talkies and
Junoon , until her death in 1984. They have three
children - Kunal, Karan and Sanjana Kapoor.
Shashi Kapoor won the National Award thrice and
received the Padma Bhushan in 2011. The
Dadasaheb Phalke Award will be given out with the
National Film Awards this year. The previous
recipient was lyricist-director Gulzar.