New Delhi: Bollywoodâ€™s heartthrob Ranbir Kapoor, nephew of Shashi Kapoor, narrated veteran actor-producer’s journey through a special video screened at the 62th National Film Award Ceremony, where his uncle was honoured with the Dadasaheb Phalke award.Â
Ranbir introduced him as â€˜A Junoonâ€™ and â€˜An Iconâ€™
The 77-year-old actor couldnâ€™t attend the award function owing to his bad health which was held in Vigyan BhawanÂ on Sunday.
President Pranab Mukherjee hailed Kapoor, the third in his family to get Indian cinema’s highest award after father Prithviraj Kapoor and brother Raj Kapoor, as a â€˜living legendâ€™.
He said, “His contribution to cinema has been manifold and tremendous. He is a true living legend.”
The auditorium was filled with roaring applause and cheers when popular songs from his movies like ‘Wada karo nahi chhodo ge mera saath’ and ‘Ik rasta hai zindagi’ was played.
The video also included special messages by Shabana Azmi, Sharmila Tagore and Amitabh Bachchan, and family members Rishi Kapoor and his son Kunal Kapoor.
Best known for his performance in memorable films like Satyam Shivam Sundaram, Trishul, Kabhi Kabhie, Vijeta and Kalyug, Shashi Kapoor has been staying away from the limelight since the late 1990s.