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...Express archive photo My love of Bollywood can be credited to British filmmaker Gurinder Chadha. When Bride and Prejudice released in 2004, I eagerly read the director’s plan for mixing masala elements into her Jane Austen adaptation. As she described the Hindi film tropes, I knew I had to see what she was talking about. For several years, I made my way through whatever new releases I could find, naively assuming I would like those better than anything made before about 2000. But once I found 1970s masala, I was utterly hooked on the creative, complex stories. Other fans I knew predicted that I would be blown away by Amitabh Bachchan or Rajesh Khanna. But neither of these heroes lodged in my heart the way Shashi Kapoor did. In mainstream Hindi films, where the bulk of his 150+ film career lies, he is often a sunny, ethically centered lead, carefully sharing space with the other performers. He creates dreamy romances by playing the kind of hero you’d actually want to know in real life: confident, open, and respectful. But there’s more, because Shashi Kapoor has never played just one character. ...Indian Express on Dec. 8, 2017, 12:08 p.m.