India's legendary actor Shashi Kapoor dies at 79

Kareena Kapoor Amitabh Bachchan Aishwarya Rai Kajol reach Shashi Kapoor’s residence to pay their condolences – view pics

"He was administered several rounds of dialysis at the hospital and today evening he breathed his last", a family member told media.

Shashi - the youngest son of Prithviraj Kapoor, a pioneer of Hindi film and theatre - was born in the eastern Indian city of then Calcutta in 1938.

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

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Legendary Bollywood actor Shashi Kapoor passes away at 79

Shashi Kapoor received the Padma Bhushan and Dadasaheb Phalke awards from the government, and several other film honours.

The actor had a remarkable bonding with fellow veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan, with whom he worked in around 12 films.

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.

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He debuted as a leading man in Dharmputra in 1961, and his most memorable roles were in such films as Jab Jab Phool Khile (Whenever The Flowers Bloom, 1965), Kabhi Kabhie (Sometimes, 1976), and Kalyug (Age of Downfall, 1981).

Kapoor has been part of several worldwide projects and his contribution to theatre besides Hindi cinema would always be remembered. He was married to Anglo-Indian theatre actress Jennifer Kendal, who died of cancer in 1984, leaving him heartbroken. He was a part of a number of British and American films.

He started acting in films as a child artiste in the late 1940s and appeared in films like Sangram (1950) and Dana Paani (1953) under the name of Shashiraj as there was another actor by the same name who used to act in mythological films as child artiste. He went on to immortalize characters like Prem Sagar in The Householder and Sanju in Shakespeare-Wallah respectively.

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His death has left many devastated. It is truly a great loss, and we won't have another Shashi Kapoor for years to come. In 1963, two of Shashi's English films were commercially successful.

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