He has been a film director, assistant director and an ace actor in his entire film career. He got married to his lady love Jennifer Kendal in the year 1958 and have three children- Kunal Kapoor, Karan Kapoor and Sanjana Kapoor.  

On the special occasion of his birthday, we take a look at his contribution to the world of cinema:

Shashi Kapoor had been acting in plays directed and produced by his father Prithviraj Kapoor from the age of four. He had appeared in commercial films which include Sangram (1950), Dana Paani (1953) under the name of Shashiraj.

His best known performances as child artist were in Aag (1948) and Awaara (1951), in which he played the younger version of the characters played by his elder brother Raj Kapoor. In Sangram (1950), he played younger version of Ashok Kumar.

Shashi Kapoor made his debut in the lead role in the 1961 film Dharmputra and went on to appear in 116 Hindi movies. He essayed the lead role in 61 movies, while he appeared in 55 multi star-cast films. Shashi played role of  supporting actor in 21 films and made special appearance in seven other flicks.

From the 1970s to early 1980s, Shashi Kapoor starred alongside Pran in nine films, including Biradari, Chori Mera Kaam, Phaansi, Shankar Dada, Chakkar Pe Chakkar, Rahu Ketu and Maan Gaye Ustaad.

Shashi Kapoor also had a popular pairing with megastar Amitabh Bachchan and the two co-starred in 12 films: Roti Kapda Aur Makaan, Deewaar, Kabhi Kabhie, Immaan Dharam, Trishul, Kaala Patthar, Suhaag, Do Aur Do Paanch, Shaan, Silsila, Namak Halaal and Akayla.

Shashi Kapoor was also cast with Sanjeev Kumar in films like Mukti, Trishul, Muqaddar, Swayamvar, Sawaal and Pakhandi.

Shashi Kapoor was paid more than his male co-stars like Amitabh Bachchan, Vinod Khanna, Jeetendra, Randhir Kapoor and Rishi Kapoor.

After the death of his wife in 1984, Shashi Kapoor started gaining weight which resulted him in moving to character roles in films like Alag Alag, Ilzaam and Sindoor.

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