MUMBAI: Actor Shashi Kapoor was awarded with the Dadasaheb Phalke award, the highest honour of Indian cinema on Sunday by Union Minister Arun Jaitley at the Prithvi Theatre in Mumbai.
After father Prithviraj Kapoor and elder brother Raj Kapoor, the 77-year-old is the third from the Kapoor family to receive the award.
As Shashi Kapoor arrived at the stage on a wheelchair, he smiled and greeted everyone with 'Namastey'.
The veteran actor could not travel to New Delhi for the National Films Award on May 3 due to ill-health. So, Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Arun Jaitley and senior Ministry officials flew Mumbai to honour him.
The actor’s nephew Rishi Kapoor and grand-nephew Ranbir Kapoor ahead of the function made the introductions and narrated the journey of the veteran actor-producer in Bollywood through a special audio-visual which was screened at the event.
The entire Kapoor family was present at the event including Nitu Singh, Karishma Kapoor, Krishna Raj Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor Khan and her husband Saif Ali Khan.
Apart from the Kapoor family, the ceremony was attended by several Bollywood stars including Amitabh Bachchan who starred with Shashi Kapoor in Deewar, Asha Parekh, Waheeda Rehman, Zeenat Aman, Rekha, Raj Babbar, Hema Malini.