Shashi Kapoor – The passing of an era

Legendary actor and theatre personality Shashi Kapoor breathed his last in Mumbai today, December 4, 2017.

He was 79.

The funeral will be held on Tuesday, December 5.  

Shashi Kapoor is survived by his children, daughter Sanjana Kapoor and sons Kunal Kapoor and Karan Kapoor. His wife, Jennifer Kendal, died of cancer way back in 1984.

The dashing Shashi Kapoor, who starred in Hindi as well as English movies, had been ailing for quite a while and had been confined to a wheelchair for several years. He was suffering from a kidney problem and had been undergoing dialysis.

Shashi Kapoor was born in 1938 to Prithviraj Kapoor and Ramsarni Mehra Kapoor.

He was the younger brother of Raj Kapoor and Shammi Kapoor. He also had a sister, Urmila Kapoor Sial.

Shashi Kapoor started his film career as a child actor in Raj Kapoor’s films, Aag and Awaara. Subsequently, he had a very illustrious career as a leading man (and second lead) in many super-hit movies, such as Jab Jab Phool KhileSharmilee, Deewar, Aa Gale Lag Ja, Haseena Maan Jayegee, Kabhi Kabhie, Satyam Shivam Sundaram, Fakira, Junoon, Namak Halaal, Do Aur Do Paanch, Suhaag, and several others.

He starred in many movies with Bollywood icon, Amitabh Bachchan.

Shashi Kapoor was also seen in several Merchant-Ivory films such as Heat And Dust and The Householder. He was equally well-known for his work in theatre.

In May 2015, he was bestowed with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award. A picture of him with several of his former co-stars — Waheeda Rahman, Hema Malini, Zeenat Aman and Shabana Azmi — went viral.

Shashi Kapoor was also a recipient of the Padma Bhushan.

Here are six facts about him that not many know.

  • Shashi Kapoor’s real name was Balbir Prithviraj Kapoor.
  • He was born in 1938 in Kolkata.
  • His first film was Yash Chopra’s Dharamputra (1961).
  • He worked in 12 English films, notable among which are The Householder (1963), Shakespeare-Wallah (1965), A Matter of Innocence (1967), Siddhartha (1972), and In Custody (1993).
  • Shashi Kapoor’s first film as a director was Ajooba, starring Amitabh Bachchan, which released in 1991.
  • He had his own production house, Film Valas, which produced movies such as Junoon (1978), Kalyug (1981), Utsav (1984), Ajooba (1991), and so forth.

Shashi Kapoor was admitted to the Kokilaben Hospital, Versova, on December 4, 2017, for chest infection, where he reportedly died due to liver cirrhosis. Hospital authorities confirmed that the actor died at 5.20 pm.

For times to come, he will be remembered as one of the most charismatic actors Hindi cinema has ever seen.

Shashi Kapoor in his debut movie, Dharamputra

Farewell, Shashi Kapoor…


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