Chapters from the personal and professional life of the enigmatic Shashi Kapoor that hitherto remained disclosed is set to come to the fore as a biography on the versatile actor is scheduled for a release this month.
Shashi Kapoor - the Householder, the Star, authored by film journalist Aseem Chhabra, attempts to delve into the nature and nurture of Mr Kapoor, who proved his might as more than a natural star born into the first family of Hindi film industry as he became the commercially viable superstar and a critically acclaimed actor.
The Rupa Publications, offers glimpses of Mr Kapoor, the family man - son of Prithviraj Kapoor, husband of Jennifer Kendal, and father to Kunal, Karan and Sanjana, while it tracks the emergence of a bright-eyed boy who made his debut in acting in brother Raj Kapoor's first movie as a director Awaara (1951) to one of the busiest performers in the 1970s.
Mr Kapoor, who was in 2015 felicitated with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, the highest honour in Indian Cinema, belted out films like Waqt, Deewar, Trishul even as his forays into the non-commercial arena of filmmaking yielded nothing less than Junoon, Kalyug and Utsav, all considered masterpieces.
Set for its official launch on May 6, the biography also traces the affable Bollywood star's forays into world cinema as also his pioneering works in the theatre circuit.
Stakeholder to three National Film Awards, Mr Kapoor outshone some of his contemporaries, including Amitabh Bachchan and Shatrughan Sinha, with his foreign ventures including the most famous The Householder besides Shakespeare Wallah, Heat and Dust, Bombay Talkie, of other British and American productions.