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Veteran actor Shashi Kapoor passes away at 79

Shashi Kapoor
Shashi Kapoor
Veteran Hindi film actor and producer Shashi Kapoor passed away  here this evening after a prolonged illness.
 
He was 79. He is survived by his daughter Sanjana, and sons Kunal and Karan.
 
He was married to well-known English actress Jennifer Kendal, who predeceased him in 1984. The two had established the Prithvi Theatre here in 1978.
 
Sources at the Kolkilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital said the actor breathed his last at 5.20 pm.
 
Kapoor had been honoured by the Government with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for 2014 -- the top honour in Indian cinema -- for his utstanding contribution to the growth and development of the industry.
 
He was the the third member of the family to get the honour after his grandfather Prithviraj Kapoor in 1971 and eldest brother Raj Kapoor in 1987.
 
Born in 1938, Shashi, born as Balbir Raj Kapoor, belonged to the Kapoor family, regarded as the top dynasty in Hindi filmdom. He was the  youngest son of the late Prithviraj Kapoor and the brother of late Raj Kapoor and late Shammi Kapoor, all renowned actors.
 
Kapoor started acting at the age of four in plays directed by his father, while travelling with Prithvi Theatres. He began acting in films as a child artiste in the late 1940s, including in Aag (1948) and Awaara (1951), in which he played the younger Raj Kapoor. He also worked as an assistant director in the 1950s.
 
Kapoor made his debut as a leading man in the 1961 film Dharmputra and went on to appear in more than 100 Hindi films. He was a very popular actor in Bollywood during the 1960s, '70s and until the mid-'80s. 
 
He had the distinction of being one of the first Indian actors to go international, having starred in many British and American films, notably Merchant Ivory Proudctions run by Ismail Merchant and James Ivory, such as The Householder (1963), Shakespearewallah (1965), Bombay Talkie (1970) and Heat and Dust (1982). He also starred in other British and American films such as Siddhartha (1972) and Muhafiz (1994). 
 
In 1978, Kapoor set up his production house Filmvalas which produced critically acclaimed films such as Junoon (1978), Kalyug (1981), 36 Chowringhee Lane (1981), Vijeta (1982) and Utsav (1984). He also produced and directed a fantasy film titled Ajooba which had Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor in the lead roles. 
 
In 2011, Kapoor was honoured with the Padma Bhushan Award by the Government of India. He is also a recipient of three National Film Awards. 
 
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