In what looks like an instant replay of the scenario in 2013, Dadasaheb Phalke award winner Shashi Kapoor won’t be attending the National awards ceremony next month.
“Too frail and unwell and unable to talk, Shashi would have to regrettably give the big moment a miss,” informs a friend.
It may be recalled here that in 2012 the Dadasaheb Phalke recipient Pran, wheelchair bound and unable to attend, had to be given his award at his home in Mumbai.
Says a source very close to Shashi Kapoor, “Why must we wait until an artiste is gone or seriously unwell before giving him or her Dadasaheb Phalke award? Luckily in 2013 for us Gulzar Saab was hale and hearty and able to collect his Dadasaheb Phalke award on his own two feet. But why must so many artistes get it when they can’t attend or have to attend on a wheelchair?”