“I was petrified of working with him, just as much as I was petrified of working with Pran or K.N. Singh. No, seriously. I was in awe of Shashi Kapoor. Whatever I’ve learnt about self-discipline and punctuality came from him only. During our first film Sharmilee, he would reach the location in Malad for a 7 am shift much before me although I stayed much closer to Malad. The director Sameer Ganguly was very soft-spoken. So Shashiji did all the dada-giri during shooting. One day he came to me and warned me, ‘Raakhee, if you don’t reach at 7 am your bags would be packed and you’d be sent back to Bengal.’ I got so scared that I came on time after that. I’d reach the location even before the sweepers.
I’ve never met a more cultured man. If we were on the airport he would pick up the vanity case and other luggage of any lady he came across. If there was a crowd at a shooting he would clear it for me to feel comfortable. These qualities I’ve never encountered in any of my heroes. Of course he loved my cooking. Whenever the lunch dabba filled with green salad would go back home untouched his wife Jenniferji would call me to ask if her husband was shooting with me. I can’t remember how many films I did with Shashiji. For that matter I don’t know how many films I’ve acted in. The last time I met Shashiji was at a Ganpati festival in Pune. I didn’t want to see him the way he had become in his final years.”