SHASHI Kapoor, Heartthrob of cine-goers in 80s, passes Away

December 5th, 2017 | by Pranab Kumar Chakravarty
SHASHI Kapoor, Heartthrob of cine-goers in 80s, passes Away
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PRESIDENT Of India Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi join the Indian film fraternity in mourning the demise of veteran actor-producer & director Shashi Kapoor who passed away in Mumbai’s Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital on Monday. He was 79. He was ailing and had been in a wheelchair for several years. He was ailing from a kidney ailment and had been undergoing dialysis. The actor breathed his last at 5.20 pm. The funeral will be held on Tuesday. Shashi Kapoor is survived by two sons, Kunal and Karan, and a daughter, Sanjana, who takes care of the Prithviraj Theatre. The Widower of Jennifer Kendal, sister of actress Felicity Kendal, was honoured with the Padma Bhushan by the Government of India for his contributions to Art-Cinema. In 2015, he was awarded the 2014 Dadasaheb Phalke Award making him the third member of the legendary Kapoor family to receive the highest award in Indian Cinema after Prithviraj Kapoor and Raj Kapoor.

He was the youngest of three sons of Prithviraj Kapoor.  Shashi Kapoor made his Bollywood debut in 1961 as the lead actor, in the film Dharamputra. He began his career as a child artiste in the 1940s. 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 artiste, who was best known for his roles in mythological films. Shashi began work as an assistant director for  Sunil Dutt’s debut film  Post Box 999  before making film debut as a lead actor in 1961  with the film Dharamputra When Shashi Kapoor and Christopher Lee acted together, Indiatoday.In recalls .Shashi had also acted in English films. He immortalised characters like Prem Sagar in The Householder and Sanju in Shakespeare-Wallah. The decade between the 1970s and 80s was his golden period when he was recognised a bankable Bollywood film star. During this period he played the lead roles in Sharmilee, Kabhi Kabhie, Pighalta Aasmaan, and other movies. He starred in more than a hundred films and played the lead in 61, according to trade sources. Among his popular films are Deewar, In Custody and Junoon, His own filmography includes hits Sharmilee, Namak Halaal and Pyar Kiye Jaa. He was a frequent co-star of Amitabh Bachchan, with whom he starred in films such as Deewar, Shaan, Namak Halal, Kabhi Kabhie and Do Aur Do Paanch. Shashi Kapoor also appeared in several Merchant-Ivory films such as Heat and Dust and The Householder. Kolkata born Shashi Kapoor was also a noted popular theatre artist. Shashi Kapoor acted in plays directed and produced by his father Prithviraj Kapoor while travelling with Prithvi Theatres. He started acting in films as a child in the late 1940s in commercial films including 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 a child artiste. His best-known performances as child actor were in Aag (1948) and Awaara (1951), where he played the younger version of the characters played by his older brother Raj Kapoor and in Sangram (1950) in which he played the younger version of Ashok Kumar. He worked in four Hindi films as a child artiste from 1948 to 1954, according to his website.PM Narendra Modi says “Shashi Kapoor’s versatility could be seen in his movies as well as in theatre which he promoted with great passion. His brilliant acting will be remembered for generations to come. I am saddened by his demise and convey condolence to the bereaved family”, he wrote on Twitter. President Ram Nath Kovind says Shashi Kapoor was a well-known actor with a repertoire of Indian and international films. His support for meaningful cinema as a producer and pivotal role in the theatre movement in India too are cherished, he added.

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