‘I loved work­ing with Shashi Kapoor’

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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.

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