By request from Memsaab (but I know the emo sadists among you will take special glee in it too): a post on Shashi's facial expressions in moments of bad news, disappointment, heartbreak, confusion, anxiety, grief, shock, horror, and/or general breakdown.
This one is from Ek Shriman Ek Shrimati assembled by Memsaab herself.
"We met ten minutes ago but you don't love me yet?" befuddlement in Aa Gale Lag Jaa.
Getting big news...
and losing his professional grip in Amar Shakti.
Identity-shaking drama in Kalyug.
Agonizing over the right thing in Kaalaa Patthar and Imaan Dharam.
Trauma-drama-o-rama in Bombay Talkie.
Guilt and sadness in Raja Saab.
To be honest, I'm not sure what he's doing here in Chor Sipahee; the filename has "Maa" in it, so maybe he's talking about his mother? Even if he isn't, he certainly could be. Poor, long-lost Maa.
Check out these subtitles from Sharmeelee: "Like my destiny shied away, I am shying away from myself. I pray I get so drunk that I never return to my senses." Nahiiiiin! Shashiiiiiiii!
Shankar Dada: lost Maa, lost father, lost brother, the crushing soullessness of a life of crime, take your pick.
Pyaar ka Mausam. Do everyone's eyebrows do this, or is it a special talent? I'm so Shashified this week that I've lost track of normal life altogether.
Big-eyed surprise in Kabhi Kabhie.
So put-upon by the lunacy of Suhaag.
Satyam Shivam Sundaram Psychosis.
To finish: some selections from Waqt. The shame of an honest day's work!
The urgency of half-orphaned baby brother's sick Maa!
And my personal favorite, "The Gita Freakout" on the witness stand.
It's the book to the head that cinches it. And please note he's emoting so hard that his hair has started to break free from its mid-60s standard matinee star wave! Now that is acting. Acting!
Related note: if there's one thing a Kapoor should be able to do convincingly, it's act drunk, right? So how do we rate Shashi's drunking in Do aur Do Paanch?
If that didn't squish your dil, I don't know what will. Zero to attyaachaar in ten seconds flat, zindabad!