Sunday, March 18, 2007

happy birthday Shashi Kapoor

Behold! A gallery of neckware! So close to SRK's Don's pattern-on-pattern look*, yet so much less stupid, even though ordinarily I wouldn't think that paisley on polka-dot-and-different-paisley would work.




For more, please visit MissionBAS's ode to Shashi fashion or the true shocking story of his ties.

Since I knew Rishi and Shammi first, I never thought I'd have a Kapoor on the FPMBF list. But so it is. Encouraged by Babasko, Kaddele (who may also be celebrating his birthday, I hear), and Filmi Geek, I officially have a crush on Shashi - alhtough it's historical, since that's how I know him. It's a little bit the eyelashes and a lot the curls, but even more I just think he's really good, even though I've only seen him in three things. So far I am impressed by his handling the masala lurches from serious to loony, and in Doosra Aadmi his performance is so charasmatic that you can't help but understand why Rakhee blindly searches for someone just like him (even enough to think Rishi somehow fits the cateogry of "just like Shashi," bleh).

Also, you know, damn.



* Speaking of which, I saw a man on the tube in London wearing a shirt and tie made out of the same pattern. The tie was outside the shirt, though.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hey if u wanna chk out how shashi kapoor looks now, go here :
http://im.rediff.com/movies/2003/dec/08sha2.jpg

nina said...

I love Shashi! He was totally my FPMBF first, though ;-)

Once you have feasted on the silliness of his Bollywood roles, you might want to check out one or two of his Merchant-Ivory roles, some with wife Jennifer Kendall (I recommend Junoon)

carla said...

Ha, I've been stumping for *Junoon* at Beth like mad! His performance in that film was outstanding - if anyone thinks Shashi is just a masala hero, watching *Junoon* will change all of that. (It's not one of Shashi's Merchant-Ivory films though - it's Shyam Benegal.)

I love this guy. I really do. Thanks for celebrating his birthday, Beth.

Beth said...

Nina - the rules of FPMBF claiming are complex. You officially get to have him as your first choice, but beyond that, we can't regulate - as I was discussing with Filmi Geek, there are only so many high-quality men to go around, so while we must respect each other's "first dibs," after that, there's bound to be overlap. Shashi will only be called up on Aksahye can no longer perform his duties AND Saif and Aamir cannot fill in either.

Beth said...

Oopsy, and now for the non-silly comment. Carla, Junoon is on the list, assuming I can get it!

And un-bold as I may be in the rest of my life, I can always be relied up on to do something ridiculous if it involves Bollywood. No problemo.

Chronicus Skepticus said...

Shashi...*sigh*.

Y'know there was this one movie (I forget the name) where he's chasing some random actress over a hill and he stops for a minute, all breathless and says, "But I *love* you...honest!"

I totally believed him.

And it made want to beat that woman over the head with my handbag and say, "Stop with all the running around! Can't you see he means it?!" *thwack!*

I should really stop admitting to things like this where other people can read about it.

But love, she just does NOT listen to reason.

Anita said...

Shashi Kapoor would be my pick too! Dapper! I am trying to recall the name of one of his earliest movies (and failing) which had Om Prakash as the boss-father of future love-interest, and Shashi camps out and then does this dance number...hook line and sinker!

Beth said...

I love how much everyone loves Shashi! I had no idea! Does he know he's so beloved?

cs - no no, admitting silly things about Indian movie stars is what this site is for. Well, one of the things, anyway - one must not limit oneself. Please remember the name of the movie so I can track it down!

Anita - totally dapper! And if you think of the movie, let me know. Clearly I need to start building a library. :)

Anonymous said...

Please watch Sashi Kapoor in the film "Kalyug" produced by him directed by Shyam Benegal

One of his best performances

kamla said...

Growing up we all had a huge crush on Shashi, and his rakish smile. We loved watching his films. One of his best is perhaps"Chor Machaye Shor" with Mumtaz...it has some great songs. Then there was that famous one Deewar with Amitabh.

He was always nattily dressed and his wife took care of his wardrobe and diet. But, after her death he seems to have changed quite a bit. Sometimes I find it difficult to associate the "now" Shashi with the "old" Shashi.

Thanks for the post.

Kamla