On December 4, 2017, Shashi Kapoor breathed his last at the age of 79. The legendary actor left the Indian film fraternity as well as his fans mourning. The loss is huge and we all know that no other actor can take his place ever.
Every artist from the industry paid tribute to the veteran actor. Above all, Shashi ji was given National honor by the government. The actor’s last rituals were performed at Santacruz Hindu Crematorium.
The actor’s body was wrapped in Indian national flag and it was given a three-gun salute by the Mumbai police. The police officers even bent down and paid respect to Shashi Kapoor. Many people were confused by the National honor given to the actor. As in India, such honor has always been given to present or former Prime Minister, President, central ministers, and chief ministers.
However, the nation’s government and the state governments have the right to give such honor to the people who deserve. The Chief Minister also has the rights to suggest this honor for the deserving person after having a discussion with the cabinet. Then the information is forwarded to the DGP and commissioner of the state to do required preparations.
People who immensely contribute in the field of art, politics, commerce, science, and law including Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan, and Bharat Ratana awardees are also paid respect in this way by the government.
The legendary actor, Shashi Kapoor, was also a Padma Bhushan awardee and this is why he was given national honor during the time of his cremation.
Shashi Kapoor was an actor who will be remembered generations after generations. Do you think the same? Do share your views in the comments section below.