Veteran actor Shashi Kapoor, who starred in over 100 films, died in Mumbai on Monday. He was 79 and had been battling a kidney ailment. He breathed his last around 5:15 PM at Mumbai’s Kokilaben Hospital yesterday.The funeral is expected to take place at noon today in the city.
Shashi Kapoor was the youngest son of late Prithviraj Kapoor. Like his two elder brothers, Raj and Shammi Kapoor, Cinema beckoned Shashi ji too. He started off as a child actor in the 1948 movie Aag, but it was in the 1961 movie Dharmaputra that he made his debut as an adult. In his career spanning over five decades, he was last seen in an English movie titled Side Streets (1998). Side Streets was directed by Tony Gerber and also starred Shabana Azmi, Miho Nikaido, Art Malik, Victor Argo, Valeria Golino, Rosario Dawson and Jennifer Esposito.
The late actor will always be one of our favourite actors and his movies will be cherished forever. He gave us the legendary and popular line ‘Mere paas maa hai’. People are still finding it a little difficult to believe that he has actually passed. The film fraternity has reacted to this yet but we’re sure they will sooner or later. It’s a great loss not just for the Kapoor family but also for the Indian cinema.