Bollywood legend Shashi Kapoor passes away

Vice-Prez, PM and Mamata condole demise
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Mumbai
4 Dec 2017

Legendary Bollywood actor Shashi Kapoor, the romantic screen icon of '70s and '80s, died this evening. He was 79. Kapoor took his last breath at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital here.

Actor Randhir Kapoor, son of veteran actor Raj Kapoor, confirmed the news. "Yes he has passed away. He had kidney problem since several years. He was on dialysis for several years," Randhir Kapoor told news agency PTI. The funeral will be held tomorrow morning, he said. "Shashi Kapoor expired at 5:20 pm on December 4 at Kokilaben Hospital in Mumbai," Dr Ram Narain fron Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital said.
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.

Shashi Kapoor’s 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. Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi today expressed sorrow over the death of the veteran actor, saying his acting will be remembered for generations to come. "Saddened by the passing away of veteran actor Shashi Kapoor. He will always be remembered for the memorable roles he played in a number of films. May his soul rest in peace," Naidu said on Twitter.

The Prime Minister said 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," the Prime Minister tweeted. West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee today expressed grief at the passing away of veteran Bollywood actor Shashi Kapoor, describing him as a legend. The actor will be remembered for generations, Mamata said in a tweet message. "Saddened at his passing away. Shashi Kapoor a legend and actor will be remembered for generations for his great work in cinema," she said.