Veteran actor Shashi Kapoor passes away at Mumbai’s Kokilaben Hospital after a prolonged illness. “Shashi Kapoor expired at 5:20 pm on December 4 at Kokilaben Hospital in Mumbai,” Dr Ram Narain from Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital told. He was 79 now.
Actor Randhir Kapoor, son of veteran actor Raj Kapoor, confirmed the news. “Yes he has passed away. He had a kidney problem since several years. He was on dialysis for several years,”. The funeral will be held tomorrow morning, he said.
Kapoor, who has appeared in a number of Hindi films and a few English-language films, was honoured with the Padma Bhushan for his contributions to Art-Cinema. In 2015, he was awarded the 2014 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. He has also won three National awards. Shashi Kapoor was the third and youngest son of Prithviraj Kapoor. He made his Bollywood debut in 1961, as the lead actor, in the film Dharmputra.
Expressing grief over the demise of the veteran actor, President Ram Nath Kovind underlined that Shashi Kapoor played a pivotal role in the theatre movement in India too. He wrote on Twitter, “Sorry to hear of the demise of Shashi Kapoor, well-known actor, with a repertoire of Indian and international films. His support for meaningful cinema as a producer and pivotal role in the theatre movement in India too are cherished. Condolences to his family.”