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Legendary actor Shashi Kapoor passes away, to be laid to rest today

Legendary actor Shashi Kapoor passes away, to be laid to rest today

Kapoor is survived by two sons, Kunal, a film director, and Karan, a photographer.

He was confined to wheelchair for the last several years. Not just this, he also tried his hands at direction.

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

Vice-president M Venkaiah Naidu said Kapoor will be remembered for the memorable roles he played in a number of films. 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 and wife Jennifer Kendal together led to the foundation of the iconic Prithvi Theatre in November 1978 which now lies in the heart of the Mumbai city.

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He entered the Bollywood as a child artist in the late 1940s and appeared in Sangram (1950) and Dana Paani (1953). He was also hailed as first Indian actor to work extensively in Hollywood films and British films. The Deewar actor, 79, was keeping ill since the last few months.

He appeared in several English-language films, including several Merchant Ivory productions, such as The Householder, Shakespeare Wallah, Bombay Talkie, and Heat and Dust.

His death has left many devastated. Their films included Mohabbat Isko Kahete Hain (1965), Neend Hamari Khwab Tumhare (1966), and Rootha Na Karo (1970).

Bachchan and he became a team, acting in eight films together including the huge hit Kabhi Kabhie (1976).

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. His famous pairing opposite Zeenat Aman was seen in movies like Deewaangee, Roti Kapda Aur Makan and Satyam Shivam Sundaram.


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