Veteran actor Shashi Kapoor passes away in Mumbai after prolonged illness

Veteran actor Shashi Kapoor passes away in Mumbai after prolonged illness

Javier Howell
December 5, 2017

He took his last breath in the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital located in Mumbai.

Kapoor earned acclaim for his performance in notable Hindi films which include Deewaar, Satyam Shivam Sundaram, Junoon, Shaan, Namak Halaal and others.

While mourning the death of Shashi Kapoor, Shashi Tharoor also said he received calls from reporters who inquired about his health after people confused the death of the legendary actor with him.

He had been suffering from ailments for the past few years.

A recepient of the the coveted Dadasaheb Phalke Award for lifetime achievement and the prestigious Padma Bhushan for his contribution to Indian cinema, the veteran of over 100 films, was one of the finest actors of Bollywood who had performed an array of roles.

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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. Born as Balbir Raj Prithviraj Kapoor, the actor-filmmaker was the third and youngest son of Prithviraj Kapoor, brother of Raj Kapoor and Shammi Kapoor.

Kapoor has been part of several global projects and his contribution to theatre besides Hindi cinema would always be remembered.

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. He started acting in films as a child artiste in the late '40s. He went on to immortalise characters like Prem Sagar in The Householder and Sanju in Shakespeare-Wallah, respectively.

Having married actor Jennifer Kendal in 1958, Kapoor became part of the Merchant Ivory stable of English-language films set in India, starring opposite Kendal in Bombay Talkie (1970) and Merchant Ivory's 1982 hit Heat and Dust.

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

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