Romantic hero of yesteryears, Shashi Kapoor, dies at the age of 79

Erica Murray
December 5, 2017

Reports said he acted in more than 175 films mainly in mainstream Bollywood and art films.

Shashi, whose real name was Balbir Raj Kapoor, was related to Prithviraj Kapoor and Raj Kapoor.

His most memorable roles were in such films as Jab Jab Phool Khile and Kalyug. His nephew Randhir told the Press Trust of India (PTI) that the actor had died in Mumbai on Monday after several years of kidney problems. He said the actor was awarded Padma Bhushan in 2011 and Dada Saheb Phalke award (2014) in 2015.

Raj Kapoor, who died in 1988, was also a famous Hindi cinema actor. Here is a list of some unforgettable songs of Shashi Kapoor that we still like to play on loop.

Kapoor and wife Jennifer Kendal together led to the foundation of the iconic Prithvi Theatre in November 1978 which now lies in the heart of the Mumbai city.

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

Shashi was one of the first Indian stars who worked in global films - British and American films particularly in collaboration with Merchant-Ivory productions. He also starred in other British and American films such as Pretty Polly ("A Matter Of Innocence" (1967)) opposite Hayley Mills, Siddhartha (1972), Sammy and Rosie Get Laid (1987), and Muhafiz (1994).

His charming smile and pleasing demeanour made Shahsi Kapoor a popular Bollywood hero and he appeared in 116 Hindi films, including 61 films as the solo lead hero and 55 multi star-cast films, 21 films as supporting actor and special appearance in 7 films.

To many UAE residents, Shashi's death thus ushers in the end of an era. It included a dozen of English films. Shashi Kapoor was one of the rare actors who did justice to both commercial and parallel cinema.

Bachchan and he became a team, acting in eight films together including the huge hit Kabhi Kabhie (1976).

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