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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2528

Veteran Hindi Actor Shashi Kapoor Dies

Mumbai 05 December, (

Veteran Hindi actor Shashi Kapoor died on Monday evening at Mumbai’s Kokilaben Ambani hospital after prolonged illness. He was 79. The actor had been admitted to the hospital on Sunday night. The hospital said that he died at 5.20 pm.

Actor Randhir Kapoor, son of veteran actor Raj Kapoor, confirmed the news.
"Yes he has passed away. He had kidney problem since several years. He was on dialysis for several years," Randhir Kapoor told PTI.

The funeral will be held on Tuesday morning, he said.

Shashi Kapoor received the Padma Bhushan in 2011 for his contributions to the field of cinema. In 2014, he was given the 2014 Dadasaheb Phalke Award.

Born on March 18, 1938, to the illustrious and formidable theatre and film actor Prithviraj Kapoor, Shashi Kapoor hit the spotlight at the age of four, acting in plays directed and produced by his father. He started acting in films as a child artiste in the late '40s.

His best known performances as a child actor were in "Aag" (1948) and "Awaara" (1951), where he played the younger version of the character played by Raj Kapoor. Shashi Kapoor also worked as assistant director in the '50s.

He made his debut as a leading man in the 1961 film "Dharmputra" and went on to appear in more than 116 films during '70s and until the mid '80s.

Some of his memorable films include "Deewar", "Kabhie Kabhie", "Namak Halal", "Kaala Pathar" and others.

He was honored with Padma Bhushan in 2011 and received the prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke award in 2015.

President Ram Nath Kovind expressed condolences over the veteran actor’s death. “His support for meaningful cinema as a producer and pivotal role in the theatre movement in India too are cherished,” Kovind said on Twitter.

“With his impressive talent and inimitable mannerism actor Shashi Kapoor charmed a generation of Indians,” Union minister Rajnath Singh said. “He was a fine actor and a wonderful human being. Saddened to learn of his demise. May his soul rest in peace.”

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee expressed grief at the passing away of the veteran actor, describing him as a legend.

The actor will be remembered for generations, Banerjee said in a tweet message.

"Saddened at his passing away. Shashi Kapoor a legend and actor will be remembered for generations for his great work in cinema," Banerjee said.

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Shashi Kapoor from the film Deewar | Trimurti Films
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