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)
Shashi Kapoor wins the Dada Saheb Phalke Award! Huge congratulations to my 'Siddhartha'.. pic.twitter.com/JXeyWvx2LH— Simi Garewal (@Simi_Garewal) March 23, 2015
She also wrote that the ailing Mr Kapoor, now 77, was unable to remember the movie when they met last.
When I met Shashiji last he cudn't remember Siddhartha! But I remember clearly his kindness, encouragement & support! pic.twitter.com/6lW4tzf3t5— Simi Garewal (@Simi_Garewal) March 23, 2015
Filmmaker Prakash Jha also tweeted his congratulations:
True recognition #DadaSahebPhalke to a brilliant actor and passionate producer, who gave so much to Cinema! Love you Shashi Kapoor Sir..— Prakash Jha (@prakashjha27) March 23, 2015
Third Padma Bhushan and third Phalke award in the family.Prithviraj Kapoor and Raj Kapoor being the other recipients pic.twitter.com/YufXptMWM3— rishi kapoor (@chintskap) March 23, 2015
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?' )
The Dadasaheb Phalke Award will be given out with the National Film Awards this year. The previous recipient was lyricist-director Gulzar.