Los Angeles ,March 5 (NDTV): Bollywood stars Sridevi and Shashi Kapoor were among those honored at the 90 th.Academy Awards ceremony in the ‘Memoriam’ montage, which pays tribute to everyone the film industry has lost in the past year.
This year, set to Eddie Vedder performing a Tom Petty song live, ‘In Memoriam’ also remembered former James Bond Sir Roger Moore, French star Jeanne Moreau, actors Martin Landau and Harry Dean Stanton, actor and playwright Sam Shepard, and directors George Romero and Jonathan Demme. Shashi Kapoor died last year in December. He was 79 and had been ill and in a wheelchair for years. Sridevi (54) had died suddenly in Dubai two weekends ago. She accidentally drowned in her hotel bathtub, a postmortem revealed.
Shashi Kapor had acted in several Merchant-Ivory films of the Sixties, Seventies and Eighties, among them The Householder, Shakespeare Wallah and Heat And Dust.
One of his last films, 1993’s In Custody, was also a Merchant-Ivory production. James Ivory, one-half of the collaborative team, won an Oscar today for Best Adapted Screenplay for the film Call Me By Your Name.
Sridevi, considered the first female superstar of Indian cinema, made 300 films in several languages over 50 years. Some of her finest performances are in the films Sadma, Mr India, Chandni and English Vinglish.