December 05, 2017

Veteran Actor Shashi Kapoor Dies At 79

by Neha Monga

Veteran actor Shashi Kapoor died in Mumbai’s Kokilaben Ambani Hospital on Monday. He was 79 and had been suffering from a kidney problem.

Shashi Kapoor had worked in over 150 films and was one of the mosy sought after star in the 70’s and 80’s. He starred in films such as Jab Jab Phool Khile, Sharmilee, Deewar, Pyar Kiye Jaa. He was born in 1938 to actor Prithvi Raj Kapoor and was the younger brother of Raj Kapoor and Shammi Kapoor.

His nephew, actor Randhir Kapoor, confirmed his death to Press Trust of India. “Yes, he has passed away. He had kidney problem for several years,” he told PTI, adding that the funeral would be held on Tuesday.

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Shashi Kapoor started out as a child actor in his brother Raj’s films Aag and Awaara. However, his first Bollywood movie as a leading man was “Dharamputra” in 1961. He was a frequent co-star of Amitabh Bachchan, and the two actors together starred in some of the biggest blockbusters such as Deewar, Namak Halal, Shaan and Kabhi Kabhie.

In 1958, Kapoor married English actress Jennifer Kendal. They had three children together. Kendal died of cancer aged just 51 in 1984.

The couple together established the Prithvi Theatre in Mumbai in 1978, which is today one of the city’s most popular theatres.

In 2015, Shashi Kapoor made a rare public appearance, when he was given the prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke Award, the highest honour in Indian cinema.

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As soon as the news of his death came out, condolence messages started pouring in on Twitter.

He is survived by his daughter Sanjana, and sons Kunal and Karan.

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