Shashifest! List and Defend His Best THREE Movies!!!

Okay, ready to battle it out? I don’t even want agreement here, I want us all to share in the wonderment that is Shashifest by sharing our on personal top 3.

Gonna hit this off strong!

Deewar. BAM! Shashi has the greatest line in Hindi film history (“Mere Paas Ma Hai”), he wears a little uniform, he is cute with his niece-in-law to be!

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Junoon. Bam BAM! Shashi produced and starred, great role for Jennifer too, overall beautiful movie.

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Shakespeare Wallah: Confession, I haven’t seen this movie yet. But it’s Shashi PLAYING Shashi!!!

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Okay, your top three and why! GO!

28 thoughts on “Shashifest! List and Defend His Best THREE Movies!!!

    • Oh Kabhi Kabhi! From the shallow end, I also have to point out that Kabhi Kabhi is when he has glorious full hair with those little grey at the temple patches.

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  1. I don’t really feel qualified to comment, because there are many Shashi movies I haven’t seen yet. Of the ones I’ve seen, my top three are:

    The Householder. It’s just such a sweet story of two kids having to help each other grow up and figure out what marriage is, because no one’s really prepared them. Shashi’s performance is so real. His character could have been unlikeable, but he keeps us on his side even as he blusters and blunders his way through work and family life. I’ve never been so happy to see a couple connect and fall in love as I was in this movie.

    Junoon.His character is not at all likeable in this movie, but you still sympathize with him. He is gorgeous, the sets and clothes are gorgeous, Jennifer is gorgeous, Shabana is gorgeous, and it’s just so much fun to watch Jennifer and Shashi spar.

    Jab Jab Phool Khile. Nothing but pure charm and dignity throughout. Even when he’s throwing a wobbler because she’s dancing with other men in corrupt Mumbai. I mean wouldn’t we all love to take him home and dress him up? Or stay with him on his boat. Either way works.

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    • Well, you’ve seen two Shashi movies that I haven’t! Householder and Jab Jab Phool Khile. I like all your reasoning and co-sign on it, and now you have convinced me that I kind of want to see The Householder, a movie I never thought would interest me (no songs! Black and white!)

      On Tue, Mar 17, 2020 at 7:54 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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    • Yep, Junoon is the greatest. But if you want a movie to make you really appreciate Shashi, Kabhi Kabhi is where it is at. Especially because he is contrasted with Amitabh who is just The Worst.

      On Tue, Mar 17, 2020 at 10:41 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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  2. I haven’t seen that many Shashi movies but is still having difficulty choosing three. Here goes.

    1) Kalyug – Modern day rendition of Mahabharat with him playing my favorite character, Karan? Who also happens to be a Rhodes Scholar? Not even close. Throughout the movie, I just wanted to hug him. Karan is wily, manipulative and brilliant with a hint of sadness and inherent decency that he keeps hidden under his sophisticated, impeccable facade. Shashi is heartbreakingly handsome here. Peak Shashi, IMHO. This is an ensemble movie but every other actor has room to shine and do justice to their parts. Victor Bannerjee and Rekha stood out for me. IMHO, this is one of Benegal’s best. I also loved the tense and haunting background score.

    2) New Delhi Times – He’s so, so good as an idealistic but experienced newspaper editor up against a corrupt system. I love political thrillers and this one would’ve been a favorite even without his magnificent presence. This movie happened after his peak-Shashi days but he’s still so handsome as the little rumpled, little cuddly Vikash. His chemistry with Sharmila is cute and lived in. It’s a joy to watch them together.

    3) Kabhie Kabhie – I could talk for days about how much I adore Shashi as Vijay. He’s simply the best. He’s funny and loud and cheerful but in his quieter moments, he reveals his hidden depths. He’s sweet, thoughtful and understanding and loving as a husband and father. His chemistry with Rakhee is adorable. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve seen the wedding night song and the morning after scene. Rakhee is fantastic, Amitabh is glum, Waheeda is dignified, Rishi is loud (like his movie Dad) and Neetu is adorable. What’s not to love?

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    • The only ONLY reason I wouldn’t pick Kabhi Kabhi for Shashi is because his character isn’t onscreen enough! We’ve got lame self-pitying Amitabh swaning around, and bouncy ADHD Rishi, but Shashi is there a painfully small amount.

      On the other hand, keep pushing Kalyug on me and I may watch it! Karna is my favorite too (because I am thinking person and Karna is clearly The Best!!!!)

      On Wed, Mar 18, 2020 at 12:19 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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      • Yay! So I’ll continue to push Kalyug on you. And here I thought I was being super-subtle. 😉 Watch it for peak Shashi in nice suits and very thin kurtas.

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        • “very thin kurtas”??? You and Procrastinatrix with her “easy access clothing” comment about Junoon should get together.

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          • Well, Jennifer selected the costumes for this movie. So it’s totally her fault. She should’ve known how fangirls, even 40 years later, are gonna react. Or maybe she did know.

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          • Good point, what did Jennifer care? She had him on such a tight leash, all the women in the world could line up and offer themselves and he would very politely say “no thank you”.

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          • She’s like “Ladies, see that super hot guy over there? Yeah, you can’t have him but enjoy the view though. You’re welcome.”

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  3. 1. Heat and Dust- Vintage Merchant Ivory, great cast, negative character who’s also bisexual, great feminist message, 20s costumes

    2. A Matter of Innocence- Noel Coward, Hayley Mills, late 60s baby Shashi, great feminist message

    3. Haseena Maan Jayegi- yeah I chose it over Kaala Patthar, Deewar, or Trishul, bite me. It’s more fun and has more Shashi

    I mean, that’s objectvely best but also my favourites. I haven’t seen any of his Indian arthouse films besides Junoon so I can’t judge those.

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    • A Matter of Innocence is Noel Coward? This is just too weird to me, I never thought Hayley Mills and Noel Coward and Shashi Kapoor would all be in the same thing. I must watch it.

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  4. I had to really think hard on this because I’ve seen soooo many Shashi films and how can I choose one Shashi over another?

    But here’s my three for the moment (subject to change the next moment):

    Prem Patra (1962) – Bimal Roy! Young, innocent Shashi! Young, lovely Sadhana! Doctors in love plotline! Salil Chaudhary songs! Lots of Shashi eyelashes-porn!

    Pyar Kiye Jaa (1966) – Still young Shashi but now in glorious color! Comedic, charming, un-angsty Shashi! Serious issues (youth unemployment) dealt with the lightest of touch.

    Rootha Na Karo (1970) – My favorite of his movies with Nanda. Somewhat unusual psychological drama with Shashi as the object of affection of a jealous woman’s desires.

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