Shashi Kapoor, well-known actor-filmmaker of yesteryears, was presented the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke award by Information and Broadcasting Minister Arun Jaitley. He was unable to attend the award ceremony in Delhi because of his ill-health. Therefore, he was handed over the honour at a function at Prithvi Theatre in suburban Mumbai. Draped in an orange scarf, the veteran actor arrived on a wheel chair and was conferred the honour - a traditional shawl and a certificate by Arun Jaitley.
Big Bollywood names like Amitabh Bachchan, Waheeda Rehman, Asha Parekh, Rekha, Zeenat Aman and Shabana Azmi were also present at the ceremony. Born in 1938, Shashi Kapoor had hit the spotlight from the age of four, acting in plays directed by his father, while travelling with Prithvi Theatre. His best known performances as child artist were in Aag (1948) and Awaara (1951), wherein he played a young Raj Kapoor. He also worked as assistant director in the 1950s. He debuted as a leading man in the 1961 film Dharmputra and acted in more than 116 films during 60s, 70s and until the mid 80s. Some of his memorable movies include Deewar, Kabhie Kabhie, Namak Halal, Kaala Pathar and others.
The 77-year-old actor is now wheelchair-bound and has been ailing from kidney problems. He is the third from the Kapoor clan to get the award, after father Prithvi Raj Kapoor and elder brother Raj Kapoor. Eralier, he was honoured with Padma Bhushan in 2011.