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Veteran Bollywood actor Shashi Kapoor dies at 79

He began his acting career as a child artiste in Raj Kapoor's films ‘Aag’ and ‘Awara’ in the late '40s. As a leading man, Kapoor made his debut in 1961 in Yash Chopra film 'Dharamputra', a film that remains relevant till date with its portrayal of the Partition and communalism.

Dec 5, 2017 09:40 IST
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Veteran Bollywood actor of the 70s Shashi Kapoor passed away on 4 December 2017 following a prolonged illness at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital in Mumbai. He was 79.

Shashi Kapoor was known for his line 'Mere Paas Maa Hai'.

Acting Career of Shashi Kapoor
• Born on 18 March 1938 to film actor Prithviraj Kapoor, Shashi Kapoor hit the theatre at the age of four. He acted in plays directed and produced by his father.

• He began his acting career as a child artiste in Raj Kapoor's films ‘Aag’ and ‘Awara’ in the late '40s.

• As a leading man, Kapoor made his debut in 1961 in Yash Chopra film 'Dharamputra', a film that remains relevant till date with its portrayal of the Partition and communalism.

• Some of his unforgettable films are "Deewar", Waqt, Jab Jab Phool Khile, Kanyadaan, Sharmilee, Kabhie Kabhie, "Namak Halal", Satyam Shivam Sundaram and others.

• He also worked in some offbeat films like ‘Chaar Diwari’ and ‘Prem Patra’.

• It was theatre that got him together with his wife Jennifer Kendal, an English actress.

• He was one of the earliest to act in international films which include The Householder and Shakespeare Wallah, Bombay Talkie (1970) and Heat and Dust (1982), Siddhartha (1972), Sammy and Rosie Get Laid (1987) and The Deceivers (1988).

• Shashi also played the lead part in the British movie 'A Matter of Innocence'.

• In all, he appeared in over 175 films including some international projects.

• He was honoured with Padma Bhushan in 2011 and Dada Saheb Phalke award in 2015.

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