Veteran actor Shashi Kapoor no more

Shashi Kapoor

The screen icon of the sixties, seventies and eighties - who was a member of the famed Kapoor Khandaan - took his last breath at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital here.

Over the next 40 years, Shashi Kapoor starred in films such as Deewar, Kabhi Kabhie, Jab Jab Phool Khile, Trishul, Namak Halaal and Junoon.

An era gone, ' tweeted Shashi Kapoor's co-star Simi Garewal, "All that remains are his films and precious memories".

He had been suffering from ailments for the past few years.

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 was honored with Dada Saheb Phalke Award, the highest honor in Indian cinema in 2015.

The legendary actor was married to the late English actress Jennifer Kendal, with whom he established the Prithvi Theatre in 1978.

He was cast alongside superstar Amitabh Bachchan in some of the biggest Bollywood blockbusters of the 1970s and 1980s, and the two actors played brothers or best friends.

Kapoor has been part of several worldwide projects and his contribution to theatre besides Hindi cinema would always be remembered. He was a part of a number of British and American films. Shashi's children Sanjna Kapoor and Karan Kapoor are on their way to India from the US.

Shashi started his film journey as a child artist and, in his lifetime, appeared in over 150 films. He went on to immortalize characters like Prem Sagar in The Householder and Sanju in Shakespeare-Wallah respectively. However, many people have innocently mistaken him for Shashi Tharoor and mourned the death of the former union minister. Their films included Mohabbat Isko Kahete Hain (1965), Neend Hamari Khwab Tumhare (1966), and Rootha Na Karo (1970).

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