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Bollywood icon Shashi Kapoor has passed away.

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

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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