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Shashi Kapoor was the first to get into Hollywood: Shabana Azmi

Wednesday, January 31, 2018
By Chaitanya Padukone

It was a sentimental blend of ‘cheers and tears’ at the recent 24th SOL Lions Gold Awards event (dedicated to the Indian Army)  convened by Samaritan Lion Dr. Raju V. Manwani . That’s because while Guest of Honour Shabana Azmi condoled the sad demise of her iconic colleagues Shashi Kapoor and Vinod Khanna and ‘awardee RJ’ actor Satish Kaushik paid homage to the ‘late’ illustrious Om Puri, a galaxy of showbiz celebs seemed ecstatic as they won their respective awards.

Among the Bolly scene-stealers at the spectacular event compered by  Samir Kochhar, were Raveena Tandon, Parineeti Chopra and singer Palak Muchhal and among the telly-brigade, it was the vivacious Rati Pandey,  stunning Nikita Dutta, newly-weds Vatsal Sheth with his actress-‘dulhan’ Ishita Dutta , charming Rajeshwari Sachdev, Kamya Punjabi and Manveer Gurjar, who stole the show.

An emotionally charged Shabana Azmi offered her verbal tributes to Shashi Kapoor.  “In the recent past, we celebrated and felt a sense of pride when our Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra made her strides into a Hollywood venture. But we need to remember that it was actually Shashi Kapoor who was the first Indian actor who started this trend of acting  in Hollywood  and British movies, when he acted in ‘Pretty Polly’ ( 1967). That too at a time when Hollywood possibly hadn’t even heard much about India. Not just an awesome actor, who also founded ‘Prithvi Theatre’ , Shashi-jee was a daring producer who deviated from the mainstream to make remarkable movies like 'Junoon', 'Kalyug', '36 Chowringhee Lane' and 'Vijayeta',” enthused Shabana, amidst thundering audience applause.

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