Bombay (Mumbai), Dec 4: Legendary Bollywood actor Shashi Kapoor, the romantic screen icon of ’70s and ’80s, died on Monday evening at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital. He was 79. Tributes from all over the world have begun pouring in.
Actor Randhir Kapoor, son of veteran actor Raj Kapoor, confirmed the news.
The funeral will be held on Tuesday morning, he said.
“Shashi Kapoor expired at 5:20 pm on December 4 at Kokilaben Hospital in Mumbai,” Dr Ram Narain from Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital told PTI.
Born on March 18, 1938, to the illustrious and formidable theatre and film actor Prithviraj Kapoor, Shashi Kapoor hit the spotlight at the age of four, acting in plays directed and produced by his father. He started acting in films as a child artiste in the late ’40s.
His best known performances as a child actor were in “Aag” (1948) and “Awaara” (1951), where he played the younger version of the character played by Raj Kapoor. Shashi Kapoor also worked as assistant director in the ’50s.
He made his debut as a leading man in the 1961 film “Dharmputra” and went on to appear in more than 116 films during ’70s and until the mid ’80s.
Some of his memorable films include “Deewar”, “Kabhie Kabhie”, “Namak Halal”, “Kaala Pathar” and others.
He was honoured with Padma Bhushan in 2011 and received the prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke award in 2015.
Tributes 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.
6:50 PM – Dec 4, 2017
President of India
Sorry to hear of the demise of Shashi Kapoor, well-known actor, with a repertoire of Indian and international films. His support for meaningful cinema as a producer and pivotal role in the theatre movement in India too are cherished. Condolences to his family
One of Indian cinema’s greats, his passing leaves a void. Rest in peace #ShashiKapoor. Our condolences to his loved ones in this time of grief.
6:22 PM – Dec 4, 2017