Indian film industry stalwart Shashi Kapoor has died at the age of 79, it has been confirmed.
Shashi Kapoor has died in Mumbai on Monday after several years of kidney problems.
Kapoor was a scion of the celebrated Indian film-making dynasty, the son of Mughal-E-Azam star Prithviraj Kapoor, and brother of Raj Kapoor.
Shashi Kapoor’s own screen career started as a child actor in the 1940s and 50s, appearing in films such as Aag and Awaara, in both of which he played the younger version of his already established brother Raj.
His first leading role was in the award-winning 1961 Dharmputra. Directed by Yash Chopra, which was one of the first Indian features to deal with partition.
A series of hits in the 1970s, saw him become a major star alongside the likes of Amitabh Bachchan, with whom he co-starrred in Kabhi Kabhie as well as Trishul .
The actor married to late English actress Jennifer Kendal, with whom he set up Mumbai’s iconic Prithvi Theatre in 1978. His sister-in-law is British actress Felicity Kendal.
He is survive by two sons Kunal and Karan, and a daughter Sanjana.
Mr. Shashi have won several national film awards. And was award the Padma Bhushan civilian honour by the Indian government in 2011. He also act in a number of British and American films.
Kapoor died at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital in the western city of Mumbai.
Kapoor began his career as a child actor and appeared in more than 150 films, including a dozen in English. He became known internationally for his roles in Merchant Ivory productions like “Shakespeare-wallah” and “Heat and Dust”.
He awarded with the prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke Award, the highest honour in Indian cinema.
Kapoor known for his charming smile and was often describe by his fans as the “handsomest star ever”. He had a huge fan following among women.
Though he cast alongside superstar Amitabh Bachchan in 1970s and 1980s. And the two actors play brothers, best friends or rivals.
His comment in Deewar – “Mere paas maa hai” (But I have mother’s support). During a tense confrontation with screen-sibling Bachchan tops the list of best Bollywood lines for millions of fans.