Shashi Kapoor was suffering from old age related illnesses from the past few months. He was 79.

Veteran Bollywood actor Shashi Kapoor passes away in MumbaiShashi Kapoor/PTI
news Death Monday, December 04, 2017 - 18:33

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. 

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