Simi Garewal Congratulates Shashi Kapoor, Her 'Siddhartha,' For Dadasaheb Phalke Award

Simi Garewal Congratulates Shashi Kapoor, Her 'Siddhartha,' For Dadasaheb Phalke Award

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New Delhi: Shashi Kapoor, veteran of stage and film, has been announced as the recipient of the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for 2014 and good wishes are trickling in on social media.

Early congratulations came in on Twitter from actress Simi Garewal, who co-starred with Mr Kapoor in 1972's Siddhartha, a controversial film version of Herman Hesse's novel featuring risque scenes. (Also Read - Shashi Kapoor's Suhana Safar: The Story of Bollywood's Raja Saab)

She also wrote that the ailing Mr Kapoor, now 77, was unable to remember the movie when they met last.

Filmmaker Prakash Jha also tweeted his congratulations:

Mr Kapoor's nephew, actor Rishi Kapoor, was the first off the starting block, tweeting a reminder that Bollywood's first family had now received India's highest film honour thrice.

Mr Kapoor's son Kunal Kapoor told NDTV that his father's first reaction was, "Me? I got it? And then he chuckled."

"I think he must be quite chuffed because his father won it as well. It's sad that on a day like this we have an award on one hand and an income tax issue with the theatre on the other," said Kunal Kapoor who was speaking to NDTV outside the Kapoor-run Prithvi Theatre in Mumbai. Mr Kapoor was instrumental in reviving the Prithvi theatre group. (Also Read: Shashi Kapoor Gets Dadasaheb Phalke Award, His First Reaction Was 'Me?' )

Shashi Kapoor has an extensive filmography which contains blockbusters like Deewar and Namak Halaal, and acclaimed performances in films like Junoon.

The Dadasaheb Phalke Award will be given out with the National Film Awards this year. The previous recipient was lyricist-director Gulzar.