Bollywood actor Shashi Kapoor passes away at 79

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He breathed his last this evening on December 4 at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital in Mumbai. He said that his films like Sharmilee, Kabhi Kabhi, Kala Patthar, Deewar, Satyam Shivam Sundaram and Trishul were very popular.

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

The legendary actor was awarded several accolades for his contribution to the entertainment industry, with the most notable being Padma Bhushan in 2011 and Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2015.

He was born as Balbir Raj Kapoor and was the youngest son of Prithviraj Kapoor and the younger brother of iconic superstars Raj Kapoor and Shammi Kapoor. He had been a renowned theatre personality and performed plays, along with his late wife Jennifer Kendal (sister of actress Felicity Kendal). After Prithviraj Kapoor and Raj Kapoor, he was the third member of the Kapoor legacy to be honoured with the highest award in Indian Cinema.

He debuted as a leading man in Dharmputra in 1961, and his most memorable roles were in films such as Jab Jab Phool Khile (Whenever The Flowers Bloom, 1965), Kabhi Kabhie (Sometimes, 1976), and Kalyug (Age of Downfall, 1981).

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In the 1970s and 1980s, Kapoor acted in a string of Bollywood hits, some of which he co-starred in with actor Amitabh Bachchan, including Deewar (The Wall, 1975) and Namak Halaal (The Loyal Servant, 1982) besides Kabhie Kabhie.

Shashi started his film journey as a child artist and, in his lifetime, appeared in over 150 films. James Ivory directed Kapoor in the first Merchant Ivory production The Householder, then in Shakespeare-Wallah, Bombay Talkie and Heat and Dust while Ismail Merchant directed him in In Custody (1993). He leaves behind his sons Kunal and Karan and daughter Sanjna.

"Sorry to hear of the demise of Shashi Kapoor, well-known actor, with a repertoire of Indian and global films".

To many UAE residents, Shashi's death thus ushers in the end of an era.

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