Bollywood actor and producer Shashi Kapoor has passed away at age of 79. He was a member of the Kapoor dynasty, which has dominated the Hindi film industry for decades. Kapoor died at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital in the western city of Mumbai.
He had kidney problem for several years. He was on dialysis for several years,” his nephew, actor Randhir Kapoor, the Media. The funeral will be held on Tuesday morning, he said.
He won several national film awards and was awarded the Padma Bhushan civilian honour by the Indian government in 2011. He also acted in a number of British and American films.
The actor was married to late English actress Jennifer Kendal, with whom he set up Mumbai’s iconic Prithvi Theatre in 1978.
Kapoor began his career as a child actor and appeared in more than 150 films, including a dozen in English. He became known internationally for his roles in Merchant Ivory productions like “Shakespeare-wallah” and “Heat and Dust”.
Kapoor, who acted in huge hits like Deewar and Kabhie Kabhie, had been ill for some time and was in a hospital.
In 2015, he was given the prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke Award, the highest honour in Indian cinema.
His comment in Deewar – “Mere paas maa hai” (But I have mother’s support) – during a tense confrontation with screen-sibling Bachchan tops the list of best Bollywood lines for millions of fans around the globe.
Over the years, it has found its way on to merchandise like shoulder bags, coffee mugs and cushion covers.
As news of his death spread, fans took to social media to express their grief and pay tributes, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi