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The end of an era: Shashi Kapoor dies at 79

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Veteran Bollywood actor Shashi Kapoor passed away at the age of 79 in Mumbai on 4th December 2017. Kapoor was admitted to Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani hospital and died in the late hours of the evening after dealing with a prolonged illness.

He is survived by, daughter Sanjana and sons Kunal and Karan. According to his nephew Randhir Kapoor, Shashi Kapoor had a kidney problem and was on dialysis for several years.

He was the member of the Kapoor dynasty that has dominated the Indian film industry for decades. Shashi was the youngest of the three Kapoor brothers – Raj and Shammi being the others.

Shashi Kapoor acted in various hit movies and was one of the finest actors of his times. He acted in huge hits like ‘Kabhi Kabhi’ and ‘Deewar’.

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The actor received several national films awards and was the recipient of the Padma Bhushan civilian honor by the Indian government in 2011. He also acted in a number of British and American movies.

The Kolkata-born actor started his career as a child artiste. He was named Balbir Raj but was later named as Shashi Kapoor as soon he as started doing lead roles in the movies.

His role in Yash Chopra’s movie Dharamputra (1961) was immensely applauded by the audience.

His other notable works include Jab Jab Phool Khile’ (1965). He also worked in indie films like ‘The Householder’ (1963), ‘Shakespeare-Wallah’ (1965) and ‘Bombay Talkie’ (1970).

Shashi Kapoor indeed positioned himself as a smart and cool romantic-action hero which made his casting vital in big-budget films.

He collaborated with Amitabh Bachchan in several movies and produced some big-hit movies like ‘Deewar’, ‘Trishul’, ‘Suhaag’, ‘Kabhi Kabhie’ and ‘Namak Halaal’.

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His iconic dialogue of ‘meray pass maa hai’ while playing an inspector in the movie is still remembered by everyone.

In 1978 Shashi released 12 films so that he could construct a Prithvi Raj theatre that his father dream of.

Other celebrities have expressed their grief at this tragic passing: