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Legendary Bollywood actor Shashi Kapoor passes away at 79

05 December, 2017, 01:49 | Author: Carla Brady
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"The actor was admitted to the Kokilaben hospital in Mumbai".

Two minutes silence was observed at Delhi International Film Festival to pay homage to the veteran actor on his demise.

He had been suffering from ailments for the past few years.

He was the youngest son of Prithviraj Kapoor, a veteran of Bollywood and the theatre. He then tried his hand at directing, making the big budget blockbuster Ajooba (1991), a fantasy film with Bachchan in the lead, which sank at the box office, causing him vast financial distress.

Kapoor was the recipient of three National film awards and was bestowed with the Padma Bhushan by the the Government of India for his contributions to Art-Cinema in 2011.




The actor's performance has been widely acknowledged and has been felicitated with several awards. 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. He had been a renowned theatre personality and performed plays, along with his late wife Jennifer Kendal (sister of actress Felicity Kendal).

Shashi started his film journey as a child artist and, in his lifetime, appeared in over 150 films. He worked in four Hindi films as a child artiste from 1948 to 1954.

Kapoor acted in more than one hundred films, taking the lead role in 61. He was also hailed as first Indian actor to work extensively in Hollywood films and British films.

Shashi Kapoor also proved his mettle overseas, with his most noteworthy role being alongside Pierce Brosnan in "The Deceivers" (1988). It included a dozen of English films.

Bachchan and he became a team, acting in eight films together including the huge hit Kabhi Kabhie (1976). His famous pairing opposite Zeenat Aman was seen in movies like Deewaangee, Roti Kapda Aur Makan and Satyam Shivam Sundaram.

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