Veteran actor Shashi Kapoor has passed away at the age of 79. The star who entertained us for decades on silver screen took his last breathesat the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, Mumbai, on Monday evening. He had been in and out of hospital for a past few years for treatment of a chronic kidney disease and was on dialysis.
Actor RandhirKapoor confirmed the news. “Yes he has passed away. He had kidney problem since several years. He was on dialysis for several years,”
The fabled actor was married to late English actress Jennifer Kendal, with whom he had established Prithvi Theatre in 1978.The actor is survived by his three children – Karan Kapoor, KunalKapoor, and SanjanaKapoor.
Born on March 18, 1938, third son of the legendary theatre and film actor PrithvirajKapoor, ShashiKapoorcame into the spotlight at a small age of four. He started his career by acting in plays directed and produced by his father. Mr. Kapoorstarted acting in films as a child artiste in the late ‘40s, and made his debut as a lead hero in the film Dharmputra (1961). He acted in more than 116 films during ‘70s and until the mid ‘80s and had won three National Awards.
As this celebrated actor passes away, the industry mourns on the ‘loss of an era’.
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 #PresidentKovind
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) December 4, 2017
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.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 4, 2017
Union minister of information and broadcasting Smriti Irani also expresses her condolences.