Veteran actor Shashi Kapoor passes away in Mumbai after prolonged illness

Veteran actor Shashi Kapoor passed away on Monday after prolonged illness and old age. Known for his charming looks and dynamic personality, the actor ruled the silver screen in the decade of 70s and 80s.

Actor Randhir Kapoor, son of veteran actor Raj Kapoor, confirmed the news to PTI. “Yes he has passed away. He had kidney problem since several years. He was on dialysis for several years,” Randhir Kapoor said. He said Shashi Kapoor died at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital. The funeral will be held on 5th December, he said.

Born as Balbir Raj Prithviraj Kapoor, the actor-filmmaker was the third and youngest son of Prithviraj Kapoor, brother of Raj Kapoor and Shammi Kapoor. He is survived by three children – Karan Kapoor, Kunal Kapoor, and Sanjana Kapoor- and the Kapoor family, the film dynasty of Bollywood.

Shashi Kapoor is best known for his acting in Deewar, Namak Halal, Trishul, Satyam Shivam Sundaram, Shaan to name a few. After successfully acting in several Hindi and English movies, he donned the producer’s hat. Not just this, he also tried his hands at direction. He was also hailed as first Indian actor to work extensively in Hollywood films and British films.

He had been a renowned theatre personality and performed plays, along with his late wife Jennifer Kendal (sister of actress Felicity Kendal).

The government of India honoured Shashi Kapoor with Padma Bhushan in 2011 for his contributions to Art-Cinema. The late actor was felicitated by 2014 Dadasaheb Phalke Award. After Prithviraj Kapoor and Raj Kapoor, he was the third member of the Kapoor legacy to be honoured with the highest award in Indian Cinema.

(With inputs from Mumbai Mirror)