Famous Indian actor Shashi Kapoor passes away at 79

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

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 artist, who was best known for his roles in mythological films. Mr Kumar said that Mr Kapoor besides acting also excelled in the direction.

He was honored with the Padma Bhushan in 2011 and received cinema's prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke award in 2015.

Raj Kapoor, who died in 1988, was also a famous Hindi cinema actor. His wife Jennifer Kendal (sister of actress Felicity Kendal) had died in 1984. Shashi's children Sanjna Kapoor and Karan Kapoor are on their way to India from the US.

Thanks to his youthful looks Kapoor often played Bachchan's younger brother, despite being five years older than him. He had started appearing on stage from the age of four, while starting to work in Bollywood films in early 1940s.

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Famous Indian actor Shashi Kapoor passes away at 79

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).

Shashi was one of the first Indian stars who worked in global films - British and American films particularly in collaboration with Merchant-Ivory productions. He was a part of a number of British and American films. He went on to immortalise characters like Prem Sagar in The Householder and Sanju in Shakespeare-Wallah, respectively. Reports said he acted in more than 175 films mainly in mainstream Bollywood and art films. Mr Kumar in his condolence message said that Mr Kapoor's death had left a great void in the cinema world, which would be hard to fill. It included a dozen of English films. He was also seen opposite Raakhee in films such as Kabhi Kabhie, Pighalta Aasman and Trishna.

An era gone, ' tweeted Shashi Kapoor's co-star Simi Garewal, "All that remains are his films and precious memories".

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