Veteran Bollywood Actor Shashi Kapoor Dies At Age 79

Bollywood legend Shashi Kapoor dies at 79

He died at a hospital in Mumbai, his nephew, Mr Randhir Kapoor, told the Press Trust of India (PTI) agency. He had kidney problem since several years.

He acted in some of the superhits like Sharmilee, Kabhi Kabhie, Baseraa, Deewar, Jab Jab Phool Khile, Satyam Shivan Sundaram, A Gale Lag Ja, Suhaag, Kanyadaan among others romancing heroines like Sharmila Tagore, Zeenat Aman, Rakhee, Nanda and others. He also produced several hit films like Junoon, Kalyug, Vijeta, 36 Chowringhee Lane and Utsav.

Kapoor was the recipient of three National film awards and was bestowed with the Padma Bhushan by the the Government of India for his contributions to Art-Cinema in 2011. The late actor was felicitated by 2014 Dadasaheb Phalke Award.

Kapoor has been part of several global projects and his contribution to theatre besides Hindi cinema would always be remembered. His wife Jennifer Kendal (sister of actress Felicity Kendal) had died in 1984.




Shashi started his film journey as a child artist and, in his lifetime, appeared in over 150 films.

Thanks to his youthful looks Kapoor often played Bachchan's younger brother, despite being five years older than him. He worked in four Hindi films as a child artiste from 1948 to 1954.

Vice-president M Venkaiah Naidu said Kapoor will be remembered for the memorable roles he played in a number of films. He was also hailed as first Indian actor to work extensively in Hollywood films and British films. He was a very classy actor, and it is a great loss for Bollywood as well as for Indian cinema.

To many UAE residents, Shashi's death thus ushers in the end of an era. In 1963, two of Shashi's English films were commercially successful. He was also seen opposite Raakhee in films such as Kabhi Kabhie, Pighalta Aasman and Trishna.

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