Shashi Kapoor Dead or Alive: The Veteran Bollywood Actor Dies At 79

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The ever-smiling handsome screen icon and filmmaker, Shashi Kapoor, who has acted in several hits like - Deewar, Sharmeelee, Kabhie Kabhie, Namak Halal and Kaala Pathar - passed away after prolonged illness, on Monday.

He had been suffering from ailments for the past few years. He had also undergone a bypass. The news of his death was confirmed by his nephew Randhir Kapoor, son of Raj Kapoor. "He had kidney problems for several years", Mr Kapoor told PTI. His Bollywood career also began in childhood and he grew into a matinee idol, appearing in more than 150 films and winning over fans with his charm and suave good looks.

Shashi Kapoor received the Padma Bhushan and Dadasaheb Phalke awards from the government, and several other film honours. 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.

As a producer, he continued this streak with 1981 crime drama "Kalyug" and "36 Chowringhee Lane", which featured his wife and late British actress Jennifer Kendal as an Anglo-Indian teacher. My condolences to Sanjana, Kunal, Karan and everyone in the family. His best known performances as child actor were in Aag (1948) and Awaara (1951), where he played the younger version of the characters played by his older brother Raj Kapoor and in Sangram (1950), where he played younger version of Ashok Kumar. He had started appearing on stage from the age of four, while starting to work in Bollywood films in early 1940s.

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Shashi was one of the most renowned actors, who displayed his acting acumen in hundreds of films, starting from the era of the 60s. He will always be remembered for the memorable roles he played in a number of films.

Kapoor acted in more than 100 Hindi films. He was a very classy actor, and it is a great loss for Bollywood as well as for Indian cinema.

Shashi Kapoor also proved his mettle overseas, with his most noteworthy role being alongside Pierce Brosnan in "The Deceivers" (1988).