Jennifer Kendal or Jennifer Kapoor, as she was later came to be addressed as, married Shashi Kapoor in 1958 - a decade after the legendary actor's first film as a child artist.
Jennifer Kendal died in 1984 - something, which left Shashi Kapoor "heartbroken," says a family friend in her tribute published on mid-day
. Rinki Roy Bhattacharya writes in her piece for mid-day that Jennifer influenced Shashi Kapoor's lifestyle in several ways, a proof of which was his disciplined ways and a sense of family time. "Jennifer had a tremendous sense of discipline. It was she who instilled in him the idea that Sunday was a family day". "Jennifer's absence in Shashi's life has been critical. Her passing left Shashi heartbroken," she added.
Though in very few movies, Jennifer had also shared screen space with Shashi Kapoor. In 1978, Jennifer won the Filmfare for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Junoon. Shashi Kapoor both produced and starred in the film. IRL, Shashi Kapoor was under the strict guidance of his actress wife:
"They would often have amazing food for lunch on Sundays. However, the only breakfast Shashi was allowed by Jennifer was a cup of coffee and two unbuttered toasts to maintain his lean physique. This was his routine for many years," Ms Bhattacharya wrote for mid-day.
Jennifer Kendal and Shashi Kapoor famously starred together in 1970's Bombay Talkie, which was a Merchant Ivory production and also featured Amitabh Bachchan in a cameo. Shashi Kapoor and Jennifer Kendal are survived by their children, sons Karan and Kunal, and daughter Sanjana Kapoor.-ndtv