Legendary actor Shashi Kapoor passes away at 79

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He took on the name "Shashiraj" for his roles in commercial films back in the 40s, instead of using his own name because there was another Shashi Kapoor, a child artist, who was best known for his roles in mythological films.

Dr Ram Narain, Executive director of Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, who confirmed the actor's death said; "Shashi Kapoor expired at 5.20 pm on December 4 at Kokilaben Hospital in Mumbai".

He had been suffering from ailments for the past few years. Shashi's children Sanjna Kapoor and Karan Kapoor are on their way to India from the US. "He had a kidney problem and was on dialysis for several years", said his nephew Randhir Kapoor, the son of the late Raj Kapoor. He was married to Anglo-Indian theatre actress Jennifer Kendal, who died of cancer in 1984, leaving him heartbroken.

He was part of many multi-starrers, often playing a "parallel" role to the bigger star Amitabh Bachchan but stood out for his quiet grace and dignity in films like Deewaar.

The legendary actor was awarded several accolades for his contribution to the entertainment industry, with the most notable being Padma Bhushan in 2011 and Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2015.

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Kapoor has been part of several worldwide projects and his contribution to theatre besides Hindi cinema would always be remembered.

If you're a keen fan of Bollywood, you're going to be missing actor Shashi.

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He appeared in several English-language films, including several Merchant Ivory productions, such as The Householder, Shakespeare Wallah, Bombay Talkie, and Heat and Dust.

Born on March 18, 1938 in Kolkata city in India's eastern state of West Bengal, Kapoor made his debut in 1961, as the lead actor, in the Hindi film Dharamputra. His death has left generations of Bollywood fans shocked and grieving.

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