Shashi Kapoor

NEW DELHI, Dec 4: Veteran Hindi film actor Shashi Kapoor passed away on Monday after prolonged illness, according to media reports. He was 79.

“Shashi Kapoor breathed his last at 5.20 pm on December 4 at Kokilaben Hospital, here,” Dr Ram Narain, executive director of Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, told news agency IANS in a message.

He had been fighting with kidney problem since several years.

Kapoor, who started his career as a child actor in his father Prithviraj Kapoor’s plays, was well-known for his roles in films like ‘Deewaar’ (1975), ‘Satyam Shivam Sundaram’ (1978), ‘Junoon’ (1978), ‘Shaan’ (1980), and ‘Namak Halaal’ (1982).

In 2011, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan by the Indian government. In 2015, he became the third in his family to be honored with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award.

Shashi Kapoor on his 79th birthday

The legendary actor was married to late English actress Jennifer Kendal, with whom he established Prithvi Theatre in 1978.

He has a daughter, Sanjana and two sons Kunal and Karan. AGENCIES

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