6:30 a.m. PST 4/4/2017
A great star in his country, he became famous internationally with his work for Merchant-Ivory in films like "Heat and Dust".
One of India's iconic actors, Shashi Kapoor, died Monday in Mumbai after a prolonged illness. He was 79 years old.
Local media quoted his nephew, actor Randhir Kapoor, as saying that the actor had suffered from a kidney condition and was undergoing dialysis for several years. He was admitted to the hospital during the weekend and died on Monday night. The funeral will be held on Tuesday.
A great star at home, Kapoor became the first Indian actor to work in Hollywood and international cinema, which was underlined by his long badociation with the duo of American director James Ivory and Indian producer Ismail Merchant. The film career in English by Kapoor began with the debut production of Merchant-Ivory, 1963 The Householder, which was followed by Shakespeare-Wallah (1965) and Bombay Talkie (1970). The 1983 preview of Merchant-Ivory, Heat and Dust, saw Kapoor co-starring with Greta Scacchi and Julie Christie.
One of Kapoor's later international films was the 1988 British colonial adventure The Deceivers co-starring Pierce Brosnan, directed by Nicholas Meyer ( Star Trek ).
His last major performance was seen in 1994 In Custody directed by Merchant.  Originating from what is considered the first film family in India, Kapoor was the youngest son of the late Prithviraj Kapoor, an icon of Indian theater and cinema, while his older brothers Raj and Shammi Kapoor were great stars.
Kapoor began his career as a child actor making his debut in the 1948 film of Raj Kapoor Aag . His Hindi filmography of more than 100 includes some of India's greatest hits, such as 1965 Jab Jab Phool Khile and 1975 Deewar in which he co-starred with Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan and he went on to work with him on several hits such as Kabhie Kabhie (1976), Trishul (1978) and Namak Halal (1982).
Kapoor seemed to effortlessly divide his time between the Hindi cinema and his international incursions, something that Indian stars only began to do more recently, with Irrfan Khan ( Jurbadic World ) and Priyanka Chopra ( Quantico ) among the most prominent examples.
At the height of his career in the 1970s and 1980s, Kapoor used his profits to finance his standard Filmvalas, which supported an unconventional and often riskier fee such as Junoon and 36 Chowringee Lane in which he co-starred with his wife, the late Bri actress Jennifer Jennifer Kendal. The couple also established the Prithvi theater in 1978, which organizes an annual festival that showcases the best of theatrical talent from across India.
Kapoor is survived by his sons Karan and Kunal and their daughter Sanjana.