Actor-producer Shashi Kapoor passes away at 79

Vastavam web: Shashi Kapoor, the embodiment of romance and charm who wooed the top leading ladies of the ’70s and ’80s on the silver screen and captivated millions of fans, died today. He was 79.The actor-producer took his last breath at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital here.President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the death of the popular actor.

“Sorry to hear of the demise of Shashi Kapoor, well-known actor, with a repertoire of Indian and international films.Prime Minister Modi said he was saddened by the news and recalled Kapoor’s contribution to cinema and theatre.”Shashi Kapoor’s versatility could be seen in his movies as well as in theatre, which he promoted with great passion.Randhir Kapoor said the funeral would be held in the morning tomorrow.

“Shashi Kapoor expired at 5:20 pm on December 4 at Kokilaben Hospital in Mumbai,” Dr Ram Narain from the hospital told.”Saddened by the demise of legendary actor Shashi Kapoor ji. His contribution to Indian cinema is monumental. Shashi ji s passing away marks the end of an era. My deepest condolences to his loved one.

Born on March 18, 1938, to the illustrious and formidable theatre and film actor Prithviraj Kapoor, Shashi Kapoor hit the spotlight at the age of four, acting in plays directed and produced by his father. He started acting in films as a child artiste in the late ’40s.His best known performances as a child actor were in “Aag” (1948) and “Awaara” (1951), where he played the younger version of the character played by Raj Kapoor. Shashi Kapoor also worked as assistant director in the ’50s.