He also produced and directed a fantasy film titled Ajooba , which had Amitabh and Rishi in the lead roles.In 2011, he was honoured with the Padma Bhushan, and he is also a proud recipient of three National Film Awards.
He also starred in other British and American films such as Siddhartha (1972) and Muhafiz (1994).In 1978, Shashi set up his production house Film Valas, which produced critically acclaimed films such as Junoon (1978), Kalyug (1981), 36 Chowringhee Lane (1981), Vijeta (1982) and Utsav (1984).
He is known internationally for starring in many British and American films, notably Merchant Ivory Proudctions run by Ismail Merchant and James Ivory, such as The Householder (1963), Shakespeare Wallah (1965), Sara Akash (1969), Bombay Talkie (1970) and Heat and Dust (1982).
A popular name in Bollywood during the 1960s, 1970s and until the mid 1980s, Shashi was one of India's first actors to go international.
When he grew up, he made his debut as a leading man in the 1961 film Dharmputra , and went on to appear in more than 150 Hindi films.
He started acting in films as a child artiste in the late 1940s. His best known performances as child artiste were in Aag (1948) and Awaara (1951), where he played the younger version of the character played by his elder brother Raj.
Since it was also Mother's Day on Sunday, Rishi aptly recounted Shashi's trademark dialogue Mere paas maa hai to a loud applause.Shashi started his tryst with acting at the age of four, with plays directed and produced by his father Prithviraj.
A special audio visual celebrating Shashi's film and personal journey was also screened at the event. It featured Amitabh, Shabana Azmi, Sharmila Tagore, Rishi, Randhir Kapoor among others talking about the cinematic icon.
The way it (the family) produces talent, I'm sure that it's not the last one. My best wishes to you for a improved health and a very long life. We wish you all the best, Shashi Kapoor, Jaitley said.
Shashi the star of over 150 films in his over 40 year career was all smiles upon receiving the Swarn Kamal (Golden Lotus), a cash prize of Rs.10 lakh and a ceremonial shawl, which he accepted with reverence and folded hands.
Bollywood's evergreen charmer Shashi Kapoor was on Sunday conferred the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, the highest honour in Indian cinema, by Information and Broadcasting Minister Arun Jaitley at the iconic Prithvi Theatre here.Photos Vinod Singh