Jennifer Kendal's Passing Left Shashi Kapoor Heartbroken, Says Family Friend

Jennifer Kendal died in 1984 - something, which left Shashi Kapoor "heartbroken," says a family friend

3.5K Shares
EMAIL
PRINT
COMMENTS
Jennifer Kendal's Passing Left Shashi Kapoor Heartbroken, Says Family Friend

Jennifer Kendal and Shashi Kapoor married in 1958

New Delhi: 

Highlights

  1. "Jennifer had a tremendous sense of discipline," said the family friend
  2. Jennifer Kendal and Shashi Kapoor married in 1958
  3. Jennifer Kendal died in 1984
Jennifer Kendal or Jennifer Kapoor, as she was later came to be addressed as, married Shashi Kapoor in 1958 - a decade after the legendary actor's first film as a child artist. Jennifer Kendal died in 1984 - something, which left Shashi Kapoor "heartbroken," says a family friend in her tribute published on mid-day. Rinki Roy Bhattacharya writes in her piece for mid-day that Jennifer influenced Shashi Kapoor's lifestyle in several ways, a proof of which was his disciplined ways and a sense of family time. "Jennifer had a tremendous sense of discipline. It was she who instilled in him the idea that Sunday was a family day". "Jennifer's absence in Shashi's life has been critical. Her passing left Shashi heartbroken," she added.

Though in very few movies, Jennifer had also shared screen space with Shashi Kapoor. In 1978, Jennifer won the Filmfare for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Junoon. Shashi Kapoor both produced and starred in the film. IRL, Shashi Kapoor was under the strict guidance of his actress wife: "They would often have amazing food for lunch on Sundays. However, the only breakfast Shashi was allowed by Jennifer was a cup of coffee and two unbuttered toasts to maintain his lean physique. This was his routine for many years," Ms Bhattacharya wrote for mid-day.
 

Just a few years after Jennifer Kendal died, Ms Bhattacharya's son and Shashi Kapoor's only daughter Sanjana got married, and "...we could sense that he was missing his wife," read the family friend's account. "I remember having an informal meeting with Shashi during which Sanjana and Aditya informed that they wanted to call only 100 guests. Hearing this, he laughed and said, 'Shashi Kapoor's only daughter getting married and only 100 guests coming in! Not possible'," she added.

Jennifer Kendal and Shashi Kapoor famously starred together in 1970's Bombay Talkie, which was a Merchant Ivory production and also featured Amitabh Bachchan in a cameo. Shashi Kapoor and Jennifer Kendal are survived by their children, sons Karan and Kunal, and daughter Sanjana Kapoor.
 

................................ Advertisement ................................

................................ Advertisement ................................