‘I loved working with Shashi Kapoor’
Filmmaker Shyam Benegal (right), 80, has worked with many producers and actors, but he says that he loved working with veteran actor-producer Shashi Kapoor (left) the most. Benegal worked with the Deewar actor in critically acclaimed films like Junoon (1978) and Kalyug (1981), and says that he has been “the best producer who I have worked with till date.” While shooting for the 1979 film, Junoon, Benegal recalls Shashi Kapoor as a very dedicated professional. “One day, someone was smoking a cigarette on the set. And he (Kapoor) was livid with that person. He couldn’t believe that someone could disrespect their workspace in such a way. For him, work has always been worship, and one had to respect that while working with him,” says Benegal, who believes that Kapoor was more popular than his other contemporaries, as he had a keen interest in both theatre and films. “He was as passionate about theatres as he was about films. He was probably the only Bollywood star who was famous in African countries like Morocco,” says Benegal, who will be talking about Kapoor ’s contribution to cinema at the upcoming India International Film Festival in Goa.