Hey, it’s Shashi’s birthday tomorrow! And since he is a bit of a blog favorite (and because I am going on vacation and can’t write a lot of new posts), I am going to do a theme week! What fun for us all!
Monday 3/18: Kabhi Kabhi
The movie that solidified the reality that Shashi is a better man than Amitabh. And also, handsomer! Less angsty and charismatic and emotional, but is that really what you want in a husband? Plus it has 3 love stories in two generations, complex family problems, Rishi Kapoor and Neetu being adorable together, and an overall tone that helped inspire Karan when he made Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham.
The greatest movie of Shashi’s career as a producer. Truly unlike any other Indian film, beautifully filmed with historic war scenes that could give Bhansali a run for his money, along with an intimate unspoken love story, and describing a bit of a lost chapter in Indian history, the rebellion of 1857 and the Anglo-Indians caught in the middle of it. Plus, you get to see Jennifer and Shashi act opposite each other when they were both at the top of their game.
My only new review for the week! It’s really more Raakhee’s movie than Shashi’s, but then only a super supportive acting partner like Shashi would allow the heroine to take over the movie. So all credit to him.
My favorite Yash Chopra-Amitabh-Shashi Kapoor movie. I know intellectually that Deewar is the far superior film, and yet this is still my favorite. Maybe because it is a retelling of the Karna story and I am a sucker for Karna. And Shashi plays the nicest best possible version of Arjun.
Trishul is my favorite, but Deewar is the best. Maybe the best film ever in Hindi, maybe not, but certainly very very good.
I’ll be putting up other Shashi posts during the week, maybe reposting my whole Kapoor family series, and also new stuff, on Shashi and other things. But this should keep you all busy and entertained (hopefully) so I can go off and enjoy sunshine and good times with my friend that I am visiting.