Shashi Kapoor with wife Jennifer Kendal. Speaking about how he met Jennifer the first time, Shashi Kapoor had once said, "While with Prithvi Theatre, one day I saw a beautiful girl with a scarf and heavy eardrops sitting in the audience. That moment was the turning point in my life. Two years later, I married Jennifer."
Jennifer's absence in Shashi's life had been critical. Her passing left Shashi heartbroken. Jennifer had a tremendous sense of discipline
It was Jennifer Kendal who instilled in Shashi Kapoor the idea that Sunday was a family day. They would often have amazing food for lunch on Sundays. However, the only breakfast Shashi was allowed by Jennifer was a cup of coffee and two unbuttered toasts to maintain his lean physique. This was his routine for many years
"It's more important to take Jennifer and the children for a movie and coffee at the Shamiana rather than hobnob at the same old dreary party, with the same old dreary people, doing the same old dreary things," Shashi Kapoor had once said, talking about his family
"Goa 1979? The only picture I have of my parents together in Goa. #paradiselost #travelblogger #beachlife #travel #makemoments" - Jennifer Kapoor and Shashi Kapoor's son Karan Kapoor shared this picture on Instagram. Shot around 1979/80 by Karan, it features the beatific couple outside the fisherman's cottage in Goa they had christened 'Love House,' and to which the family would periodically return to bask in each other's company
"Every evening they would walk the few metres from the 'Love House' to the beach to watch the sunset, Dad in his lungi and t-shirt and mom in her kaftan," Karan said. "I have fond memories of the fishing boat behind them. All three of us, Kunal, Sanjana and I used to go in it to catch 'bangda machchi' with our friends from the village," he said evoking days of summer and love of heart-stopping poignancy.
That's Jennifer Kendal and Shashi Kapoor's daughter Sanjana Kapoor. Sanjana is a theatre personality and former actress
Jennifer Kapoor with her daughter Sanjana Kapoor clicked at Sunderam Theatre for Basera's premier show. Jennifer passed away a little before Aditya Bhattacharya and Sanjana Kapoor were going to get married
Shashi Kapoor, Jennifer Kapoor and Kunal Kapoor's candid click
Shashi Kapoor, Jennifer Kapoor pose with their son Kunal Kapoor. Kunal is a former actor who has appeared in films like 'Vijeta' (1982), 'Utsav' (1984) and 'Trikal' (1985)
Jennifer Kendal clicked with Shashi Kapoor, while the couple attended an award function
Shashi Kapoor clicked with son Karan Kapoor at an event. Karan Kapoor, who is also a former actor, was seen in films like 36 Chowringhee Lane, Sultanat and Loha. He is a professional photographer as well
Jennifer Kendal, daughter of Shakespearana's Goeffrey Kendal, married Shashi Kapoor in July 1958. She was diagnosed with terminal colon cancer in 1982 and died of the disease in 1984. As it was her birth anniversary on 28th March, here's a look at some precious picture from the archives of Jennifer Kapoor