Kannada theatre personality and film actor Anant Nag has acted with Shashi Kapoor, who passed away on Monday evening in Mumbai due to prolonged illness, in a film titled ‘Kaliyug’ which was produced by Shashi Kapoor himself. Anant Nag recalls the times he spent with Shashi Kapoor during the shooting of the film and says that he was a wonderful human being before anything else. “When I was young, I used to watch his films in Hindi. I then watched some of his parallel and new-wave cinema in the early years of his career. Subsequently, I saw him in films like Jab Jab Phool Khile, in which he was the wonderful romantic hero. Later on, when I was working with Shyam Benegal, I had a wonderful surprise and fortune to work with Shashi Kapoor in Kalyug, which was, coincidentally, produced by him. It was a wonderful experience to have shared screen with him and taken notes from him,” Anant Nag was quoted as saying by TOI.
Anant Nag also says that he often met Shashi Kapoor whenever he was in Bengaluru for any shootings and was also invited by Kapoor as special guests for one of the events. “I used to meet him quite often whenever he visited Bengaluru. In fact, I was one of his guests when he had a special event in Bengaluru, at which he released a special edition book to commemorate 25 years of Prithvi Theatre. At the event, he reminisced that he knew my mother-in-law, Rani Sharma, and that he had worked with her. This was a revelation to me. She was into theatre. In fact, Shashi Kapoor’s father, Prithviraj Kapoor, had also acted with her back in the day,” he further added.