Amitabh Bachchan writes emotional letter for his late friend - Shashi Kapoor

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Shashi Kapoor's passing this past week has left a huge void in the Indian movie industry.

The 79 year old legend, who breathed his last on the 4th of December, is remembered with great fondness from actors and filmmakers of all generations - including those who worked with him and those who looked up to him.

Amitabh Bachchan, who was a close-friend and former co-star of the screen-icon, also poured his heart out in an emotional eulogy written to pay homage to the late star, who succemmed to his prolonged illness in Mumbai's Kokilaben hospital.

Putting a beautiful summary of his relationship with Kapoor, Big B penned a heartfelt note on his recent blog post - giving us a brief view of their journey together.

"Standing elegantly without a care in the world, I saw him standing by a Mercedes Sports car, a convertible, a smart trimmed beard and moustache, adorning involuntarily, the face of this incredibly handsome man. It was a picture that filled almost an entire page of a magazine," Bachchan remembered on his blog post.

He further wrote about how looking at this flawless image of an upcoming star, who hailed from one of Bollywood's first dynasties, made him feel hopeless about standing any chance of making it big.

"And I said to myself, as very uncertain thoughts raced through my mind of wanting to become a film actor, that, with men like him around, I stood no chance at all," Big B wrote.

Bachchan then remembers the time when on public gatherings, the already famous actor, would humbly introduce himself to others while shaking hands.

"“Shashi Kapoor !” was what one heard as he extended a warm soft hand out to you in introduction ; that devastating smile complimenting the twinkle in his eyes. He needn’t have done so. Every one knew him. But this was his infectious humble self. When he spoke, there was a mischievous, gentle, almost inaudible, delicate, yodel, in his voice - most endearing and comforting to the one he was introduced to. The self introduction habit, was a gem. The one being introduced to, was, quite obviously, prompted to say his or her name as well, when they heard his. It was a remarkable tool to come to know the other persons name .. and .. if and when there was to be another meeting after many forgettable years, the same technology was most helpful in remembering the other persons name, in case you had forgotten it .. !!"

Speaking more on the late star's charming appearance, Big B writes:

"The next .. was his semi curly hair on head, falling carelessly over his forehead and ears, not quite covering it ..  and my upper story mumbled again : ‘hey ! maybe you should think of covering your ears as well ..’ … and off I went to Hakim the hair dresser at Taj Hotel with my plan .. and executed, it remained till date"




What a lot of people may not already know, was that Big B and Shashi weren't just friends and colleagues, but were also bound in a relationship after the 'Baghban' actor's daughter Shweta Nanda, married Nikhil Nanda, who happened to be the maternal grandson of Raj Kapoor - Shashi Kapoor's elder brother.

Remembering the time his 'Samdhi' was slowly succumbing to his illness, AB stressed on why he chose not to visit him during his final days...

"He had been ailing  .. somewhere he had let himself go after the passing away of his dear wife Jennifer .. I had visited him on occasion in Hospital during some of the times he had been hospitalised earlier .. but I never went to see him again .. I would never have .. I never ever wanted to see this beautiful friend and ‘samdhi’ in the state I saw him in hospital and I did not today, when they informed me that he had gone."

Bachhan concludes his tribute by mentioning how Kapoor fondly addressed him as 'Babbua' and how with his demise, an unread chapter in both of their lives comes to an end.

You can read Big B's complete post below:


RIP Shashi Kapoor

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