Passion for Cinema on Shashitabh
Akshay Manwani has written a great piece called "Amitabh Bachchan - A Look at the Personalities behind the Persona" over at Passion for Cinema. In addition to looking at important directors, writers, and heroines, there's a very insightful discussion on what made Shashi Kapoor his perfect co-star. I totally agree with the author that part of what makes the Shashitabh chemistry work is that while other co-stars might have seemed to be in competition with the Big B, Shashi simply balanced him without being steamrolled. Maybe that's because they were different enough in strengths and styles that they couldn't really compete with each other, but each was talented and confident enough not to shrink from the challenge of combining their differences? Hmm.... It's an interesting read; I'd love a series of essays like this on various figures in the industry to see how they interrelate and how different types of influence or power have intersected with different talents, particularly since we always hear how tightly knit the film world is.