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.
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.
As soon as the news of his death came out, condolence messages started pouring in on Twitter.
Shashi Kapoor’s versatility could be seen in his movies as well as in theatre, which he promoted with great passion. His brilliant acting will be remembered for generations to come. Saddened by his demise. Condolences to his family and admirers.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 4, 2017
— Aamir Khan (@aamir_khan) December 4, 2017
My dear friend & co star of many successful movies – Shashi Kapoor, is no more. He leaves behind many pleasant memories of the camaraderie we shared on the sets during our shooting schedules.
RIP dear friend. I will surely miss you!
— Hema Malini (@dreamgirlhema) December 4, 2017
Mujhe abhi pata chala ki guni Abhineta Shashi Kapoor ji ka aaj swargwas hua .Ye sunkar mujhe bahut dukh hua, wo ek bahut bhale insaan the. Meri unko vinamra shraddhanjali.
— Lata Mangeshkar (@mangeshkarlata) December 4, 2017
He is survived by his daughter Sanjana, and sons Kunal and Karan.