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Shashi Kapoor bags Dadasaheb Phalke Award; third one for the filmy family

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By Newsgram Staff Writer

The Indian government conferred the 46th Dadasaheb Phalke Award to veteran film actor and producer Shri Shashi Kapoor, for his outstanding contribution to the growth and development of the Indian Cinema. The award consists of a Swarn Kamal (Golden Lotus), a cash prize of Rs. 10 lakh and a shawl.

A jury of five eminent film personalities set up by the government after due deliberations, unanimously recommended Shashi Kapoor’s name for the prestigious award.

Born in 1938, Shashi Kapoor is a well-known actor and producer from the famous Kapoor family, a film dynasty in Bollywood cinema. Shashi Kapoor is the third person to receive the prestigious award from the same family after Raj Kapoor and Prithvi Raj Kapoor.

Shashi Kapoor is the younger brother of Raj Kapoor and Shammi Kapoor. From the age of four, Shashi Kapoor acted in plays directed and produced by his father Prithviraj Kapoor, while travelling with Prithvi Theatre. He started acting in films as a child in the late 1940s. His best known performances as child artist were in Aag (1948) and Awaara (1951), where he played the younger version of the character played by his elder brother Raj Kapoor. Shri Shashi Kapoor also worked as Assistant Director in the 1950s.

Shashi Kapoor made his debut as a leading man in the 1961 film Dharmputra and went on to appear in more than 100 Hindi films. He was a very popular actor in Bollywood during the 60s, 70s and until the mid 80s.

Shashi Kapoor was one of India’s first actors to go international. He is known internationally for starring in many British and American films, notably Merchant Ivory Proudctions run by Ismail Merchant and James Ivory, such as The Householder (1963), Shakespeare Wallah (1965), Bombay Talkie (1970) and Heat and Dust (1982). He also starred in other British and American films such as Siddhartha (1972) and Muhafiz (1994).

In 1978, Shri Shashi Kapoor set up his production house Film Valas which produced critically acclaimed films such as Junoon (1978), Kalyug (1981), 36 Chowringhee Lane (1981), Vijeta (1982) and Utsav (1984). He also produced and directed a fantasy film titled Ajooba which had Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor in the lead role.

In 2011, Shashi Kapoor was honoured with Padma Bhushan Award by the Government of India. He is also a recipient of three National Film Awards.

Hon’ble Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Arun Jaitley has conveyed his congratulations on the occasion.

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V Shantaram: The Man Who Shaped Indian Cinema

V Shantaram was a multi-talented man. His interest also lied in music.

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V Shantaram was the man who changed the Indian cinema with his work. Wikimedia Commons
V Shantaram was the man who changed the Indian cinema with his work. Wikimedia Commons

By Ruchika Verma

  • V Shantaram was a veteran filmmaker
  • He was also an actor and recipient of many awards and achievements
  • He was one of the most prolific personalities in the history of Indian cinema

Shantaram Rajaram Vankudre, or popularly known as, V Shantaram or Shantaram Bapu, is hailed as a pioneer of Indian cinema. He was a successful Marathi film director, producer and actor whose career spanned over nearly 66 illustrious years.

A google doodle in the memory of V Shantaram in the honour of his 116th birthday. Google
A Google doodle in the memory of V Shantaram in the honour of his 116th birthday. Google

He is mostly known for introducing sound and colour to Indian cinema. V Shantaram before venturing into mainstream cinema used to work at Maharashtra Film Co., doing odd jobs. He debuted as an actor in 1921 in the silent movie, Surekha Haran.

This veteran filmmaker has achieved a lot during his long career. Here is all you need to know about the great man who changed the Indian Cinema, V Shantaram :

  • V Shantaram has shaped the history of Indian cinema by introducing sound and colour to the movies. He was born on 18th November 1901 in Kolhapur, Maharashtra and died at the age of 88 on 30th October 1990  in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.
  • He started directing films at the age of 18, which included the famous Gopalkrishna in 1929.

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Indian cinema wouldn't have been the same without V Shantaram and his contributions towards it. Pixabay
Indian cinema wouldn’t have been the same without V Shantaram and his contributions towards it. Pixabay
  • V Shantaram, who was also famously known as Annasaheb, used cinema as an instrument to bring in social changes, advocate humanism and raise a voice against injustice.
  • He was also a supporter of strong female characters and women empowerment. One of his earlier films, ‘Kunku’ was about a young girl who is forced into a marriage with an older man and how she bravely protests against it. His film, ‘Manoos’ is the love story of a police officer and a prostitute.
  • When sound was introduced to the cinema in the 1930s, V Shantaram made the first bilingual film in the history of Indian cinema called ‘Ayodhyecha Raja’ or ‘Ayodhya Ka Raja’ in Hindi.
He introduced colour and music to indian Cinema. Wikimedia Commons
He introduced colour and music to Indian Cinema. Wikimedia Commons
  • V Shantaram was a multi-talented man. His interest also lied in music and he actively participated in the creation of music in his films. It is said that he also ‘ghost-wrote’ music for many of his music directors.
  • V Shantaram also had a long list of admirers, from veteran actor Rajesh Khanna to international star Charlie Chaplin who was a great fan of his film, ‘Manoos’.

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  • V Shantaram was recipient of many awards and honors, he was bestowed with the Dadasaheb Phalke Lifetime Achievement Award in 1985 and received the prestigious Padma Vibhushan in 1992. He won the National Film Awards and also the President’s Gold Medal. His movies were also screenedin many international film festivals. He also received nominations in the Golden Globe Awards.
A still from his famous movie, 'Shakuntala.' Wikimedia Commons
A still from his famous movie, ‘Shakuntala.’ Wikimedia Commons
  • His 1942 movie, ‘Shakuntala’ ran for 104 weeks in Mumbai.
  • His personal life is also very interesting, he had three wives. He was one of the first men who took divorce after it became legal in 1956.