Veteran actor Shashi Kapoor passed away in Mumbai today after a prolong illness. Born on 18 March, 1938, the Padma Bhushan awardee was 79 years old. Shashi Kapoor's sudden demise has come as a shock to the entire family and his fans. He had chest infection in 2014. Earlier, he also underwent a bypass surgery.
Born in erstwhile Calcutta, his real name was Balbir Raj Kapoor. The legendary actor has worked in blockbuster movies such as Deewar, Satyam Shivam Sundaram, Kabhi Kabhie among several others. He featured in almost 116 movies. Out of 116 movies, 61 were as lead hero and 55 were multi-starrer movies whereas in 21 movies he was a supporting actor. He also made special appearances in 7 films. The actor started his career as a child artist in the late 1940s and appeared in Sangram (1950) and Dana Paani (1953). Some of his best performances were in 1948 film Aag and 1951 Awaara. He also worked as an assistant director in movie, post Box 999 which was also the Bollywood debut of Sunil Dutt.
He married Jennifer Kendal in 1958 and has three kids- Karan Kapoor, Kunal Kapoor and Sanjana Kapoor. Shashi has received three national awards and four Filmfare awards amongst others. In 2011, Shashi Kapoor was honoured with the Padma Bhushan by the Government of India for his contributions to Art-Cinema. In 2015, he was awarded the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, making him the third member of his family to receive the highest award in Indian Cinema, after his father and brother Prithviraj Kapoor and Raj Kapoor, respectively. He was also honoured by Walk of the Stars, as his hand print was preserved for posterity at Bandra Bandstand in Mumbai in November 2013. A Shashi Kapoor Film Festival was held in Muscat, Oman in 2007.
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