Legendary actor Shashi Kapoor passes away at 79

India's legendary actor Shashi Kapoor dies at 79

He was married to actress Jennifer Kendal and they had a daughter, Sanjana, and two sons, Kunal and Karan. It was built by Shashi Kapoor and his wife Jennifer Kapoor in memory of Prithviraj Kapoor.

The actor-producer took his last breath at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital here. He had kidney problem since several years. He was honoured with the Padma Bhushan in 2011 and Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2015 (for the year 2014).

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.

Kapoor was a scion of the celebrated Indian film-making dynasty, the son of Mughal-E-Azam star Prithviraj Kapoor, and brother of Raj Kapoor. With Amitabh Bachchan, he was a part of some of the biggest Bollywood blockbusters in the 1970s and 1980s.

India's legendary actor Shashi Kapoor dies at 79

While mourning the death of Shashi Kapoor, Shashi Tharoor also said he received calls from reporters who inquired about his health after people confused the death of the legendary actor with him.

President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Information & Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani, Maharashtra Governor CH Vidyasagar Rao and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis are among those who had extended their condolences.

Shashi Kapoor has acted in a total of 160 movies of which 12 are English and 148 Hindi. His support for meaningful cinema as a producer and pivotal role in the theater movement in India too are cherished. "Condolences to his family".

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. I remember thinking that he looked like a Hollywood actor.