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Shashi Kapoor receives the Dadasaheb Phalke Award at Prithvi Theatre

Veteran actor Shashi Kapoor received the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, the highest honour in Indian Cinema. Guests at the ceremony included not just his family but also several former co-stars.

Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Arun Jaitley presented the award to Mr Kapoor, star of over 175 films over a 40-long-year career. Ranbir and Rishi Kapoor made introductions as the ceremony begun. Rishi Kapoor, the actor's nephew, spoke about being directed by his uncle in Ajooba.

He revealed that Shashi Kapoor was the only director who kept his actors in check on set with a stick - an anecdote that received instant and hearty endorsement from Amitabh Bachchan, who also starred in Ajooba. Rishi Kapoor also quoted his uncle's famous dialogue from Deewar - "mere paas ma hain."

Most of the Kapoors were present at the ceremony - Rishi Kapoor's wife Neetu Singh who was Mr Kapoor's heroine in films like Deewar, grand-niece Karisma, sisters-in-law Krishna Raj Kapoor and Neela Devi, and actor Saif Ali Khan who is married to Kareena Kapoor.

The Dadasaheb Phalke Award is usually presented with the National Film Awards in New Delhi. However, Shashi Kapoor was too unwell to attend the ceremony in the capital on May 3 and so is receiving his award in Mumbai today. A special tribute to Mr Kapoor voiced by the actor's grand-nephew Ranbir Kapoor was played at the National Awards.

The 77-year-old actor is the third member of his illustrious family to have received the award after father Prithviraj Kapoor and elder brother Raj Kapoor.