Shashi Kapoor, the embodiment of romance and charm passes away at 79

Shashi Kapoor, the embodiment of romance and charm who wooed the top leading women of the ’70s and ’80s on the silver screen and captivated countless fans, died today. He was 79. The actor-producer took his last breath at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital here.

“Yes, he has passed on to the great beyond. He had an excretory organ drawback and was on dialysis for several years,” his kinsman Randhir Kapoor, the son of the late Raj Kapoor, told PTI. President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the death of the popular actor.

“Sorry to hear of the demise of Shashi Kapoor, well-known actor, with a repertoire of Indian and international films. His support for meaningful cinema as a producer and pivotal role in the theatre movement in India too are cherished.

Condolences to his family,” aforementioned Kovind in a message on Twitter. Prime Minister Modi said he was saddened by the news and recalled Kapoor’s contribution to cinema and theatre. “Shashi Kapoor’s versatility could be seen in his movies as well as in theatre, which he promoted with great passion.
Born on March eighteen, 1938, to the illustrious and formidable theatre and film actor Prithviraj Kapoor, Shashi Kapoor hit the spotlight at the age of four, acting in plays directed and produced by his father. He started acting in films as a child performing artist in the late ’40s.

His best-known performances as a child actor were in “Aag” (1948) and “Awaara” (1951), wherever he played the younger version of the character played by Raj Kapoor. Shashi Kapoor additionally worked as assistant director in the ’50s.

He made his debut as a leading man in the 1961 film “Dharmputra” and went on to appear in more than 116 films throughout the ’70s and till the mid-’80s. Among his unforgettable films were “Deewar”, “Kabhie Kabhie”, “Namak Halal” and “Kaala Patthar”. He was honored with the Padma Bhushan in 2011 and received cinema’s prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke award in 2015.

Bubai Bhattacharjee

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