Veteran actor and yesteryear heartthrob Shashi Kapoor has passed away in Mumbai today (December 4, 2017). The Padma Bhushan awardee actor was 79 years old and had been unwell since the past few years. Although in a critical condition since the past few days, his sudden demise has come as a jolt to the entire family.
He is survived by his children Karan Kapoor, Kunal Kapoor, and Sanjana Kapoor.
The actor has appeared in some of the most heartening love stories in his peak in cinema around the 60s and 70s and was tagged one of the most good looking men in Indian cinema.
While his most memorable mainstream roles were in movies like Deewar, Namak Halal, Heeralal Pannalal, Kabhi Kabhie, Silsila etc, he was also known acting in British and American films, notably Merchant Ivory productions, such as The Householder, Shakespeare Wallah, Bombay Talkie and Heat and Dust.
Born in Calcutta, the actor was always interested in acting and coming from a filmi background (born to a filmmaker and actor father Prithviraj Kapoor and the younger brother of screen legends Raj Kapoor and Shammi Kapoor only gave his dreams stronger wings to take flight.
Participating in plays in school and college and winning accolades for his performance, only acted as a training and made his resolve to become an actor stronger. But acting is not the only thing he stopped at. He could boast of an all-round resume with directing and producing films up his sleeve.
He was married to late Jennifer Kendal (sister of actress Felicity Kendal) and is survived by sons Karan Kapoor, Kunal Kapoor, and daughter Sanjana Kapoor. Apart from Padma Bhushan, Shashi Kapoor was also bestowed with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2014.
Rest in peace, Shashiji! You will be missed!