The 77-year-old actor could not for health reasons come to receive the award personally at the ceremony held in Vigyan Bhawan on Sunday. But Ranbir took up the role of a narrator and introduced him as "A junoon" and "An icon".

Shashi Kapoor will be feted in Mumbai soon. The cinematic presence of Shashi in the form of some of his popular scenes and songs from his films accompanied by Ranbir's voice filled the void created by his absence.

The actor, who has appeared in over 100 films, got standing ovation when the iconic dialogue "Mere paas maa hai" was played. The clip also included special messages by his co-stars like Shabana Azmi, Sharmila Tagore and Amitabh Bachchan, and family members Rishi Kapoor and his son Kunal Kapoor.

Whether it is his brotherly love in "Deewaar", master-employee relationship in "Namak Halaal" or a mischievous union in "Do Aur Do Paanch", Shashi shared a special camaraderie with Amitabh. Big B says he still admires his co-star for his dedication.

"He would accept project even though he had to work on four different films at the same time. He would be disciplined and punctual for all of them. And I admired this," Amitabh said.

 

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