Veteran actor Shashi Kapoor passes away at 79

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Veteran bollywood actor Shashi Kapoor, who was an ultimate charmer of the 70s and 80s passed away on Monday after a prolonged illness at the age of 79. He breathed his last at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital in Mumbai.


    • The youngest of the Kapoor brothers who became successful as a romantic heartthrob of Bollywood in the 70s and 80s has been admitted to Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital because of severe chest infection on Sunday night.


    • Born on March 18, 1938 in Kolkata, his rose to fame in 1940s with movies like Aag (1948) and Awaara (1951), where he played the younger version of the character played by his elder brother, the late Raj Kapoor (1924-1988). He also worked as an assistant director in the 1950s.


    • Son of Prithviraj Kapoor, Shashi Kapoor made his Bollywood debut as the lead actor in the year 1961 with the movie Dharmputra. And since then, there was no looking back.


    • He went ahead to give more than 150 hits including a dozen English language movies.


    • Apart from Bollywood, Shashi Kapoor also acted in various arthouses including New Delhi Times, Utsav, Junoon, Kalyug and 36 Chowringhee Lane.


    • Some of his hit films in the 70s and 80s include Sharmilee, Aa Gale Lag Ja, Chor Machaye Shor, Jab Jab Phool Khile, Deewar, Namak Halal, Kaala Pathar and Kabhie Kabhie among others


    • This veteran actor has been honored with many national level awards. In the year 2011, Kapoor was honoured with the Padma Bhushan.Following this, in the year 2015, he was awarded the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke award.


    • For the past few years, Shashi Kapoor had been in and out of the hospital a couple of times because of chronic kidney problem. He has been on dialysis for past few years.


  • He even underwent a successful bypass surgery in the year 2014.

His funeral will be held today morning, informed Randhir Kapoor, son of late Raj Kapoor.


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