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Through films we begin to feel like we know an actor. The various characters an actor plays form in our minds a certain sense of the persona. Through a good biography we begin to feel like we knew the person. We smile for and with them, we have frowns as we read, we feel anxious when they’ve felt it, and then if it’s a really well written biography we cry. And cry I did.
I was born in 1981. And my understanding of Shashi Kapoor had always been as a mild mannered counter part to people like Amitabh Bachchan. Thanks to this book I’ve now realised at 36, that Shashi Kapoor was such a beautiful actor, star and Husband. Choosing to do films with people for passion, working always as a professional, and most importantly being first a Husband, in love, seeking and surrendering, made Shashi Kapoor an immensely lovable star for me post reading this book. My Mother used to love the Merchant Ivory films and I’d almost forgotten that I’d watched so many of them growing up. Now I’ll probably watch a lot of them again. Really glad I read this book. What touched me the most and will stay with me forever was his love for his Wife and how that mounded him into his best self. Till she was no more.