Shashi Kapoor Family, Son, Movies, Wife, Funeral, Daughter, Height, Biography

Shashi Kapoor Family, Son, Movies, Wife, Funeral, Daughter, Height, Biography

Shashi Kapoor is the most senior and versatile Indian film actor and producer of Indian Film Industry. Shashi Kapoor is one of the member of the Kapoor Empire of Indian Bollywood cinema. He has worked in many Hindi films and English language films. He has also worked as Film Director and Assistant Director in the Hindi Film Industry and got so many awards for his best performance in the films. His best film for which Shashi Kapoor is known is Deewar with Amitabh Bachchan and his famous dialogue ‘Mere Pass Ma Hai’ is also memorable by his fans. In this article we will discuss about Shashi Kapoor Family, Son, Movies, Wife, Funeral, Daughter, Height, Biography.

Shashi Kapoor’s Personal Life

Kapoor was born in 18-March-1938 in Calcutta (Kolkata) during the British Raj. He is the youngest and third son of Prithviraj Kapoor, and younger brother of Raj Kapoor and Shammi Kapoor.

Educational Qualification

Shashi Kapoor received elementary education from Don Bosco High School from Matunga, Mumbai. In 1956, when he was working in his theater group, he met English actress Jennifer Kendall. Shashi was the Assistant stage manager and actor in his father’s Theater Group, Prithvi Theater.


At that time, the Shakespearean group of Geoffrey Kendall was also present in Calcutta and Jennifer was the daughter of Geoffrey. After frequent meeting, they both fell in love with each other and after that Kendal (Jennifer’s father) started to oppose Shashi Kapoor, but on the other hand Gita Bali was also helping him. As a result, they got married in July 1958.


After this they worked together in many films. They have three children: Kunal Kapoor, Karan Kapoor and Sanjana Kapoor. On November 5, 1978, Jennifer and Shashi re-established the Prithvi Theater in Mumbai. In 1984, Jennifer died due to cancer, and Shashi Kapoor felt a deep shock. English actress Felicity Kendall was his friend.

Shashi Kapoor with his wife and kids

After this Kapoor’s son also became a Hindi film actor in a short time, but due to his European looks and Hindi accent, his career was not much successful and long. His eldest son, Kunal, has married the daughter of director Ramesh Sippy. After this, Kunal started filming the advertising films and he also set up his own production house Adfilm-Vilas, which is today one of the successful production houses.

Shashi’s daughter Sanjana married wildlife conservationist Valmik Thapar. The youngest son of Shashi is a successful model which later settled in London. He is also a successful photographer.

Shashi Kapoor’s Career

Shashi used to act in the Prithvi Theater while traveling with his father Prithviraj Kapoor. In 1940, he started acting in films as a child. In films like Sangram (1950) and Dana Pani (1953), he worked with the name of Shashiraj.

His most successful performance as a child artist was in the film Aag (1948) and Awara (1951), in which he played the childhood character of Heroes, and in the film Sangram (1950), he played Ashok Kumar’s childhood. From 1948 to 1954 as a child artist, he has worked in four Hindi films.

In the film Post Box 999, Shashi Kapoor got an opportunity to work as Assistant Director, which was Sunil Dutt’s Debut film and he also worked as an Assistant Director in Ravindra Dave’s Guest House (1959). After this, he did the same thing in Raj Kapoor’s Dulha Dulhan and Mr. Satyavadi.

As the main actor, Shashi Kapoor had a debut from Dharmaputra in the 1961 film, and after that he made a total of 116 Hindi films, in 61 movies out of which he was a solo actor and 55 films were multi-actor and in 21 films he worked as co-star and in 7 films, he has also played a guest role.

From the 60s and 70s to the 80s, he was one of the Bollywood’s most famous actor. Kapoor’s earlier films include Dharmaputra, Premchand and Chaar Diwari, which are Hindi films. From 1961 he started working in English language films, including The Household and Shakespeare-Wallah. He is the first Indian actor to act on international level.

After this, Nanda, the most famous actress of that time, decided to do 8 films with Kapoor, because she was confident that people would love their pair very much. His first two films include Char Divari (1961) and Mehndi Laagi Mere Haath (1962), in these thrilling films, critics gave much praise to his acting.

In 1960, Kapoor made many romantic films with Nanda, Mohabbat Isko Kehte Hain (1965), Jab Jab Phool Khile (1965), Neend Hamari Khwab Tumhare (1966), Raja Saab (1969) and Ruth Naa Karo (1970 ) is included.

In an interview held in 1990, Kapoor confirmed that Nanda is one of his favorite actress and they consider her, his acting master. In another interview after this, Nanda also called Shashi Kapoor as her favorite actor.


On July 20, 2012, Shashi Kapoor conducted a cataract surgery in Sabarban Hospital in Andheri, Mumbai. On the same day he was discharged from the hospital.

Shashi Kapoor Death

On December 4, 2017, he took his last breathe in Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, Mumbai due to chest infection.

Shashi Kapoor Awards

• 2011 – Government of India awarded him Padma Bhushan.
• 2015 – Dadasaheb Phalke Award
• 1994 – National Film Award – Special Jury Award (for the 1993 film Muhafis)
• 1986 – National Film Award for Best Actor for New Delhi Times

Shashi Kapoor Biography in Brief

Real Name Balbir Raj Prithviraj Kapoor
Nickname Shashi Kapoor
Profession Actor, director, producer
Age 79 Years
Date of Birth 18-Mar-38
Birthplace Calcutta, Bengal Presidency, British India
Nationality Indian
Star Sign/ Zodiac Sign Pisces
Caste Punjabi
Hometown Mumbai
Debut Film (As a child artist)- Aag (1948)
Film (As an adult)- Dharamputra (1961)
Director- Ajooba (1991)
Producer- Junoon (1978)
Height in Centimeters 175 cm
Height in meters 1.75 m
Height in Inches 5’ 9”
Weight in Kilograms 75 kg
Weight in Pounds 165 lbs
Body Measurements 38-34-13 Inches
Chest Size 38 Inches
Waist Size 34 Inches
Biceps Size 13 Inches
Shoe Size 10 Inches
Eye Color Dark Brown
Hair Color Black
Father Prithviraj Kapoor (Director)
Mother Ramsarni Mehra Kapoor
Brothers Raj Kapoor, Shammi Kapoor (Both Actors)
Sister Urmila Sial Kapoor
Religion Hinduism
Marital Status Widow
Girlfriends Nanda, Neetu Singh, Simmy
Wife/ Spouse Jennifer Kendal (m. 1958-1984; till her death)
Sons Karan Kapoor, Kunal Kapoor
Daughter Sanjana Kapoor
Educational Qualification Not Available
School Don Bosco High School in Matunga, Bombay
Favorite Actor Raj Kapoor
Favorite Actress Nanda
Net Worth $40 million

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