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Indian legendary actor Shashi kapoor dies at 79

Indian legendary actor Shashi kapoor dies at 79 pardesi news 1512621649

BOLLYWOOD icon Shashi Kapoor – a star of 1970s Indian cinema and a member of the Hindi film industry’s famous Kapoor family – died on Monday aged 79 after a long illness.

Kapoor died on Monday, 4th of December 2017 aged 79 after prolonged liver cirrhosis at the Kokilaben Hospital, Mumbai. He had been suffering from ailments for the past few years. He had undergone a bypass surgery and was also hospitalized for a chest infection in 2014.

The legendary bollywood actor most memorable roles were in films like “Jab Jab Phool Khile” (Whenever The Flowers Bloom, 1965), “Kabhi Kabhie” (Sometimes, 1976), and “Kalyug” (Age of Downfall, 1981). He was also adored for his role opposite Bollywood veteran Amitabh Bachchan in the hit movie “Deewaar” (The Wall, 1975) in which he delivered one of Hindi cinema’s most famous lines — ‘Mere paas maa hai’ (I have a mother).

Shashi Kapoor was a member of the star-studded Kapoor family, a film dynasty in India's Bollywood cinema.  Many members of this prominent Indian show business family have had careers as actors, film directors, and producers.  Kapoor was born in Calcutta (now Kolkata) during the British Raj. He was the 3rd and the youngest son of Prithviraj Kapoor, the younger brother of Raj Kapoor and Shammi Kapoor, the widower of Jennifer Kendal (sister of actress Felicity Kendal), and the father of Karan Kapoor, Kunal Kapoor, and Sanjana Kapoor. The legendary bollywood actor appeared in a large number of Hindi films as well as in a few English-language films. He also had been a film director and assistant director in the Hindi film industry. In 2011, he was honoured with the Padma Bhushan by the Government of India for his contributions to Art-Cinema. In 2015, the multiple award-winning actor was bestowed with the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award, making him the third member of his family to receive the highest award in Indian Cinema after Prithviraj Kapoor and Raj Kapoor. At the 55th Annual Filmfare Awards, Shashi Kapoor received the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award.

Tributes poured in from the world of Indian cinema and politics following news of Kapoor’s death. The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted that he was “saddened” by Kapoor’s death. “His brilliant acting will be remembered by generations to come”,” wrote the Indian PM. “His work has always given Indian audiences great joy”, said Aamir Khan. “Tearful Salute To Shashi Kapoor”, tweeted Kamal Hasan. "Shashi Kapoor, your contribution to cinema and your infectious smile will always stay with us. Condolences to the family," tweeted Madhuri Dixit. Anil Kapoor wrote: "Will miss you Shashi uncle... thank you for all you have done for me... eternally grateful”. The Bollywood mega star Amitabh Bachchan also tweeted his tribute to his former colleague, writing: "To Shashiji from your babbua."

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