Veteran actor Shashi Kapoor passes away at 79
Veteran actor Shashi Kapoor died in Mumbai’s Kokilaben Ambani Hospital on Monday. He was 79. His nephew actor Randhir Kapoor told news agency PTI that Shashi Kapoor had been suffering from a kidney ailment and had been undergoing dialysis. Mr Kapoor had been in a wheelchair for years. The funeral will be held on Tuesday. Shashi Kapoor, star of films such as Deewar, In Custody and Junoon, was the younger brother of Raj and Shammi Kapoor. Shashi Kapoor.
The third and youngest son of Prithviraj Kapoor, Shashi Kapoor made his Bollywood debut in 1961, as the lead actor, in the film Dharamputra. He began his career as a child artiste in the 1940s. He took on the name ‘Shashiraj’ for his roles in commercial films back in the 40s, instead of using his own name because there was another Shashi Kapoor, a child artiste, who was best known for his roles in mythological films.
Shashi began work as an assistant director on Sunil Dutt’s debut film, Post Box 999, before going on to make his proper film debut as a lead actor in 1961, with the film Dharamputra.
In 1961 itself, Shashi began working in English films too. He went on to immortalize characters like Prem Sagar in The Householder and Sanju in Shakespeare-Wallah respectively.
Through the 1970s and 80s, Shashi Kapoor rose to stardom with films like Sharmilee, Kabhi Kabhie, Pighalta Aasmaan, etc.