Indian Actor Shashi Kapoor (79) Dies in Mumbai

Nitish Kumar condoles the death of veteran actor Shashi Kapoor

He had undergone a bypass surgery earlier. "He had kidney problems", Shashi Kapoor's nephew and actor Randhir Kapoor told Indian Express.

He was confined to wheelchair for the last several years. "He was on dialysis for several years", Randhir Kapoor said. Mr Kumar said that Mr Kapoor besides acting also excelled in the direction. The government of India honoured Shashi Kapoor with Padma Bhushan in 2011 for his contributions to Art-Cinema.

The actor's performance has been widely acknowledged and has been felicitated with several awards.

Raj Kapoor, who died in 1988, was also a famous Hindi cinema actor. Born as Balbir Raj Prithviraj Kapoor, the actor-filmmaker was the third and youngest son of Prithviraj Kapoor, brother of Raj Kapoor and Shammi Kapoor. My condolences to Sanjana, Kunal, Karan and everyone in the family.

Shashi started his film journey as a child artist and, in his lifetime, appeared in over 150 films.

Vice-president M Venkaiah Naidu said Kapoor will be remembered for the memorable roles he played in a number of films.

Shashi was one of the first Indian stars who worked in worldwide films - British and American films particularly in collaboration with Merchant-Ivory productions.

In 1965, he appeared in films such as Waqt, directed by Yash Chopra and Jab Jab Phool Khile, both blockbusters, but for the most part his films were routine, frothy confections of that period, shot in the hills and involving little more than romancing the heroine. He went on to immortalize characters like Prem Sagar in The Householder and Sanju in Shakespeare-Wallah respectively.

Shashi Kapoor has acted in a total of 160 movies of which 12 are English and 148 Hindi.

Two minutes silence was observed at Delhi International Film Festival to pay homage to the veteran actor on his demise. However, many people have innocently mistaken him for Shashi Tharoor and mourned the death of the former union minister. He was also seen opposite Raakhee in films such as Kabhi Kabhie, Pighalta Aasman and Trishna.

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