Though fiercely devoted to his wife Jennifer in real life, on screen Shashi Kapoor was every heroine’s no.1 in the most ‘Most Handsome’ list. The affable actor had a way of looking compatible with all his heroines. Here’s a list of his most compatible leading ladies.
1. Sharmila Tagore:
Though all her blockbusters were with Rajesh Khanna, Sharmila Tagore insists her most favourite co-star was Shashi Kapoor. Married to one of the handsomest men in India, Sharmila openly designates Shashi as the most handsome man she has met. They first worked together in B R Chopra’s Waqt. Weirdly most of their films together like Paap Aur Punya, Aa Gale Lag Jaa, Anari, Aamne Samne, My Love and Suhana Safar were flops. In 1985 they starred together in the significant political expose New Delhi Times for which Shashi won the National award for best actor. Many consider this to be Shashi’s finest performance in a Hindi film.
2. Hema Malini:
She was older than Shashi and took him under her wings. They first worked together in Mehndi Lagi Mere Haath in 1961 which was a flop. Then they did the blockbuster Jab Jab Phool Khile together, the biggest hit of Shashi’s career. But the pair’s subsequent films like Juari, Rootha Na Karo, Neend Hamari Khwab Tumhare and Raja Saab were miserable flops.
4. Zeenat Aman:
They were first brought together by Shashi’s brother Raj Kapoor in the historic flop Satyam Shivum Sunderam but were declared a hit Jodi after Chori Mera Kaam. In Roti Kapada Aur Makaan Zeenat chose Manoj Kumar over Shashi,thereby confirming she was always a lousy lover-chooser.
5. Raakhee Gulzar:
She was Shashi’s favourite heroine. She starred in his prestigious production Utsav and also in his other productions Vijeta and Kalyug. The commercial films Shashi did with Rekha like Neeyat, Kali Ghata and Baseraa were flops. If the truth be told, they did no successful films together.
7. Shabana Azmi:
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