Veteran Bollywood actor and heartthrob from the 70s Shashi Kapoor passed away at the age of 79. The veteran actor was part of the most iconic Bollywood films from the 1960s till the 1980s and was awarded Padma Bhusan a few years back.
Born Balbir Raj Kapoor on March 18, 1938, Shashi was considered one of the most dashing actors in the 60s, like elder brother Raj Kapoor and Shammi Kapoor. His popularity didn’t lessen after the arrival of Young Angry Man Amitabh Bachchan; in fact he was paired as Amitabh’s brother in many films including Deewar, Shaan, Suhaag and Namak Halaal to name a few.
Shashi Kapoor acted in over 175 films and was one of the first major stars to work in British and Hollywood films; he produced several hit films including Junoon and Kalyug while directed the Amitabh Bachchan-starrer Ajooba in 1991 which was a box office failure. His sons Karan and Kunal as well as daughter Sanjana tried acting in Bollywood but they couldn’t carry the torch forward.
Shashi Kapoor was also awarded the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2015 but for the last few years he was under constant medical supervision. After his wife Jennifer Kendal’s death, he was not his usual self and gained weight like his brothers. Even then he didn’t stop acting in films and even worked in Jinnah (1998) for which he visited Pakistani cities Karachi and Lahore. That role of a narrator is considered to be his final acting role after which he bade farewell to acting and descended into retirement.