Iconic star of Indian cinema, Shashi Kapoor, breathed his last today in Mumbai. He had been unwell for a while and struggling with his health. Shashi Kapoor was admitted in Mumbai's Kokilaben Hospital, where he passed away. He was 79.
Shashi Kapoor was the third son of Prithviraj Kapoor and brother of two of Indian cinema's most legendary actors, Raj Kapoor and Shammi Kapoor. He is survived by his two sons Karan and Kunal and daughter Sanjana Kapoor.
Born in 1938, Shashi Kapoor starred in more than hundred movies, out of which he was the lead actor in at least 61. Even before he made his foray as a lead actor, Shashi Kapoor had starred in multiple movies as a child actor. He was also, in fact, an assistant director in Sunil Dutt's debut movie, Post Box 999 before eventually starring in Dharamputra in 1961. His last movie was Side Streets, an English movie that was released in 1998.
Shashi Kapoor was awarded with the Padma Bhushan for his contribution to Art and Cinema in 2011. In 2015, he was awarded with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, the third in his family after his father and brother, Raj Kapoor.
Shashi Kapoor has always been considered as one of Indian cinema's most charming actors and was quite popular with his female fans during his heydays.
Even now, there is no dearth of fans of this iconic star. After news of his death broke, fans poured Twitter with their condolences:
Sad to hear of veteran actor #ShashiKapoor ji's demise. He will always be remembered for his contribution to Indian cinema...My deepest condolences to his family, loved ones and innumerable fans. May the departed soul rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/fmgwdBVGjW- Naveen Jindal (@MPNaveenJindal) December 4, 2017
#Bollywood legend #ShashiKapoor poses for a photo-op with his careers co-actresses after receiving the #DadasahebPhalke award in 2015. Express Photo @Amit_Photowalla@IndianExpresspic.twitter.com/foWu06tLTn- Neeraj Priyadarshi (@neerajexpress) December 4, 2017
Oh no! Remember #ShashiKapoor as someone who always laughed and was happy in his movies. If you can spread joy, you have lived a good life.- Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) December 4, 2017
I feel a part of me is gone. A great actor, smart, cosmopolitan, impossibly handsome & w/a name that was often confused w/mine. (My office got two calls from journalists today about my reportedly serious ill-health!) I will miss #ShashiKapoor. Condolences2his family&all his fans pic.twitter.com/fSz3jafPZJ- Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) December 4, 2017
Just landed in Mumbai to extemly sad news of my very dear #ShashiKapoor ,co actor of my First film passed away!!Gentleman with Charm personified,Classy, Witty,Disciplined and handsome are just few of the words that mildly discribe him . Cherish my time With him!Irreplacable Man! pic.twitter.com/rn4vi9VqaI- poonam dhillon ੴ (@poonamdhillon) December 4, 2017
Saddened by the death of actor #ShashiKapoor. He will continue to live on in the hearts of cine lovers through his memorable movies. My condolences to the family members in this hour of grief.- Rajat Sharma (@RajatSharmaLive) December 4, 2017
Deeply saddened to know that legendary film actor #ShashiKapoor Ji is no more. His demise is great loss to the world of cinema & marks end of an era. He will always be remembered for his charm & impeccable presence in front of the camera. My deepest condolences to the family.- ShivrajSingh Chouhan (@ChouhanShivraj) December 4, 2017