When Shammi-Geeta Bali asked Shashi Kapoor to introduce Jennifer Kendal to his family, but he “pushed himself” | Bollywood
The late actor Shashi Kapoor had always been strict enough to keep his privacy away from the media and his fans. The actor married stage actress Jennifer Kendal in 1958, but rarely spoke about her or their romance.
However, in his biography, Shashi Kapoor: The Householder, the Star of Aseem Chhabra, Shashi revealed how his older brother Shammi Kapoor and his wife, actor Geeta Bali, have supported the couple.
Shammi and Geeta asked Shashi to bring Jennifer to meet the Kapoor family after learning about their relationship. The book also mentioned that Raj Kapoor and Krishna Raj had also done the same for Shammi and Geeta before that. But before Shashi could bring Jennifer home, he got a little nervous. “I chickened out because I thought I would be beaten,” he said. “So I made a compromise and took Jennifer to Shammiji’s instead and Geeta Bhabhi quickly fell in love with her. A true romantic herself, she lent us her car and some money to go out for a meal and a walk, ”he added.
But all was not lost. Soon Shammi told their parents about Jennifer and their match was made, albeit “reluctantly.”
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After getting married, Shashi and Jennifer became parents to their sons Karan and Kunal, and their daughter Sanjana. The couple also started the Prithvi theater together. Jennifer was diagnosed with end-stage colon cancer in 1982 and died in 1984.
In an interview, Shashi Kapoor revealed that he wanted to marry Jennifer as soon as he saw her. Shashi was 18 at the time. However, Shashi’s father, actor Prithviraj Kapoor, felt he was too young. Speaking to News Tak, Shashi had said, “When I saw Jennifer, when I was 18, I wanted to marry her immediately. My parents (shocked expression) said, ‘My god 18 is a bit young. ”So I said,“ Okay, I’ll wait. ”I waited two years and then they asked me,“ Do you still want? ”I said ‘Yes’ and they said Okay.”
Shashi died in 2017 from cirrhosis of the liver.