Mumbai;4/12/17;Bollywood icon Shashi Kapoor — a star of 1970s Indian cinema and a member of the Hindi film industry’s famous Kapoor family — died on Monday aged 79 after a long illness, his family said.
Kapoor died at a hospital in Mumbai on Monday evening, his nephew Randhir Kapoor told the Press.. Shashi — the youngest son of Prithviraj Kapoor, a pioneer of Hindi film and theatre — was born in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata in 1938.
He began his career early, assisting in his father’s travelling theatre company and appearing on stage in a production of “Shakuntala”, a classic Hindu love story, at the age of six.
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.
He debuted as a leading man in “Dharmputra” in 1961, and his most memorable roles were in such films as “Jab Jab Phool Khile” (Whenever The Flowers Bloom, 1965), “Kabhi Kabhie” (Sometimes, 1976), and “Kalyug” (Age of Downfall, 1981).
Shashi’s eldest brother Raj Kapoor, who died in 1988, was also a famous Hindi cinema actor. Randhir is Raj’s son. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has condoled the passing away of versatile actor Shashi Kapoor. “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”, the Prime Minister said