Veteran actor Shashi Kapoor died today at the age of 79.
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 and acted in more than a hundred films, of which he played the solo lead in 61.
The romantic screen icon of the 70s and early 80s who immortalised the line “Mere paas Maa hain”, died on Monday after prolonged illness.
Kapoor was born in Calcutta in 1938 as the youngest son of Prithviraj Kapoor and the younger brother of Raj Kapoor and Shammi Kapoor. He acted in over 175 films, was honoured the Padma Bhushan in 2011 and the Dadasaheb Phalke award in 2015.
Known for his work in films such as Deewar, Satyam Shivam Sundaram and Kabhie Kabhie, the 79-year-old had stayed away from the limelight in the last two decades.
He had been suffering from ailments for the past few years. He had undergone a bypass surgery and was also hospitalized for a chest infection in 2014.Recently,the actor was admitted to the Kokilaben Hospital in Mumbai. He was administered several rounds of dialysis while at the hospital.
He is survived by three children – Kunal, Sanjana and Karan Kapoor.