Los Angeles: Oscars 2018 took an emotional turn as Tom Petty’s Room at the Top was performed by Eddie Vedder to remember the artists who unfortunately passed away in 2017 and 2018.
Indian cinema icon Shashi Kapoor and India’s first female superstar Sridevi were honoured at the 90th Academy Awards ceremony here during the “In Memoriam” montage.
Actor Sridevi, who died unexpectedly on February 24, was remembered during the In Memoriam session at the 90th Academy Awards. Bollywood legend Shashi Kapoor was also paid homage in the In Memoriam segment.
Son of Prithviraj Kapoor and younger brother of Raj Kapoor and Shammi Kapoor, Shashi Kapoor made his debut in Bollywood with the 1961 film “Dharmputra” after working as a child artist. He passed away in December 2017.
Bollywood’s ultimate “charm house” Shashi Kapoor then went on to make a name for himself globally by associating with international cinema. He was honoured with the Padma Bhushan — the third highest civilian honour — by the Indian government in 2011.
Sridevi, known for her ability to slip into myriad roles, expressive eyes, sheer comic timing and her fluid dancing skills, died on February 24. Her death left everyone shocked, and saddened.
They were included in the annual montage along with stars such as John Heard, Tony Anne Walker, Jane Foray, Robert Osborne, Martin Landau, Glenne Headly, Roger Moore, George A. Romero and Jerry Lewis.
On the related note, Boney Kapoor along with his daughters Janhvi and Khushi bid a final farewell to Sridevi in Rameswaram yesterday. The first female superstar’s untimely death in Dubai came as a shock to the film industry. Her mortal remains were brought back to India on February 27 after Dubai authorities determined that she had died of accidental drowning in her bathtub.