Bollywood legend and veteran actor Shashi Kapoor died in Mumbai’s Kokilaben Ambani hospital on Monday. He was 79 years old. He was suffering from age related problems and was kept under medical supervision at Kokilaben Ambani hospital since Sunday night.
His nephew and actor Randhir Kapoor confirmed the development. "He has passed away," Randhir told IANS.
Shashi Kapoor had to his claim many accolades, including three national awards. He was also felicitated with tthe Padma Bhusan in 2011 for his contribution to Indian cinema and the Dadasaheb Phalke award in 2015.
Shashi was born as Balbir Raj Kapoor in March 18, 1938 to renowned actor Prithviraj Kapoor. He came from a family of actors - his brothers were the late Raj Kapoor and Shammi Kapoor.
Having worked as a child actor in Aag and Awaara, Shashi Kapoor debuted as a hero in the Dharmputra in 1961. He rose in popularity and was one of the top names in Bollywood in the 1970s and early 1980s.
Some of his famous and most iconic films include Deewar, Satyam Shivam Sundaram and Kabhie Kabhie.
Shashi Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan were frequent co-actors and the pair was popular with the audiences. In fact, the iconic dialogue of 'Mere Paas Maa Hai' was from Deewar, where he and Amitabh acted together. Watch it here.
The veteran actor has acted in over 175 films and dabbled in direction and production too.
He directed Amitabh Bachchan in Ajooba and also a Russian film called Vozvrashcheniye Bagdadskogo Vora, and also produced major hits like Junoon, Kalyug, Vijeta and Utsav.
Apart from national and international cinema, the late actor was also known for his work as a theatre artist.
He was married to Anglo-Indian actor Jennifer Kendal and is survived by his sons Karan and Kunal and daughter Sanjana Kapoor. The funeral will be held on Tuesday.
A number of people, including actors and politicians have expressed their grief on social media on his demise. PM Modi as well as President Ramnath Kovind also tweeted their condolences.
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.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 4, 2017
His contribution to this industry will be remembered. May his soul rest in peace. Shashi Kapoor ji you will be missed always.— Sanjay Dutt (@duttsanjay) December 4, 2017
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 #PresidentKovind— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) December 4, 2017
You won't be forgotten. Rest in peace #ShashiKapoor ji.— Ajay Devgn (@ajaydevgn) December 4, 2017
#RIPShashiKapoor ...the most charming and enigmatic actor ever...a gentleman movie star! His legacy in film and theatre is exceptional...thoughts and prayers with the family....his work will always live on... pic.twitter.com/U9jsAGxGET— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) December 4, 2017
Am deeply saddened by the passing away of my co-star #ShashiKapoor. The last of that generation of Kapoors gone. A gentleman and friend gone. An era gone.. All that remains are his films...and precious memories.. RIP Shashi-ji.— Simi Garewal (@Simi_Garewal) December 4, 2017
One of my favourites passed away today. A handsome charming gentleman who entertained us for 40+ years. His endearing smile will be embedded in my memories.— Jaaved Jaaferi (@jaavedjaaferi) December 4, 2017
RIP #ShashiKapoor pic.twitter.com/wXM0YSoQ45
Rest in Peace Mr. Shashi Kapoor A celebrated Actor who always exuded kindness & love with great generosity!!! My respect & condolences to the family!!! Godspeed pic.twitter.com/ZWuP27DOdX— sushmita sen (@thesushmitasen) December 4, 2017
Homage to the iconic actor of his era Shri Shashi Kapoor ji. He will be remembered for his prolific contribution to Indian Cinema.— Poonam Mahajan (@poonam_mahajan) December 4, 2017
Having lived next to Prithvi Theatre everytime i saw him it would take my breath away such was his charisma. #Memories . A phenomenal actor whose contribution to films&theatre is immense. RIP Shashi Kapoor you shall be missed. https://t.co/57ahL84oWv— Priyanka Chaturvedi (@priyankac19) December 4, 2017
Deeply saddened by the demise of veteran actor Shri Shashi Kapoor ji. Indian cinema has lost an icon today. My prayers are with the bereaved family.— Vasundhara Raje (@VasundharaBJP) December 4, 2017