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Farewell Shashi Kapoor: Here’s how the legendary actor got his name

Shashi Kapoor was born to Prithviraj Kapoor and Ramsarni Kapoor on March 18, 1938 in then Calcutta.
Edited by: India TV Entertainment Desk New Delhi December 05, 2017 17:08 IST
India TV Entertainment Desk

One of the legendary actors of the Indian cinema Shashi Kapoor breathed his last on Monday evening, leaving behind beautiful performances and lovely memories. While the actor is being remembered for several reasons, very few know as to how he got his name. Kapoor was born as Balbir Raj but his mother did not like the name and began calling him Shashi - or moonbeam - since he was obsessed with the moon and spent long hours watching it. PHOTOS: Wrapped in Tricolour, Shashi Kapoor cremated at State Funeral

Shashi Kapoor was born to Prithviraj Kapoor and Ramsarni Kapoor on March 18, 1938 in then Calcutta. He was given the name Balbir Raj - in keeping with the Kapoor family tradition of adopting the word 'Raj' (or 'king') in its many variations. 

But Ramsarni was less than happy with the name Balbir and thus changed it to Shashi. This nugget of information extracted from the book "Shashi Kapoor: The Householder, The Star", written by Aseem Chhabra and published by Rupa Publications last year. Shashi Kapoor died in Mumbai yesterday at the age of 79 due to a kidney problem. 

The book also says how Raj Kapoor used to call his brother 'taxi'. Raj Kapoor used the word 'taxi' to describe his brother when he was desperately trying to get dates from Shashi for "Satyam Shivam Sundaram". 

While actors were queuing up to play the lead role in the film, Raj strongly felt that only Shashi could play his younger self in this somewhat autobiographical tale. So he looked at his brother's schedule and coolly appropriated all the dates he had given other filmmakers.

His frenetic lifestyle, which made a car his semi- permanent address, led to the nickname, "taxi', the book says.

(With PTI Inputs)

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