MUMBAI (Reuters) – Veteran actor Shashi Kapoor, a Bollywood idol who starred in more than 100 films, died in Mumbai on Monday. He was 79 years old and had been battling a kidney condition.
Kapoor, a three-time winner of the National Film Awards of India, is survived by his three children. His wife, the English actress Jennifer Kendal, died in 1984.
He was part of what became known as the first Bollywood family, along with two brothers who were also leaders: Raj, who died in 1988, and Shammi, who He died in 2011.
His easy charm and intense behavior made Shashi Kapoor an instant success among the public of the 60s and 70s. He performed in blockbusters such as "Deewaar" (Wall) and "Kabhi Kabhie" (A times) with the Bollywood superstar, Amitabh Bachchan.
Role plays in the main Bollywood films with regular appearances in the collaborations of the producer of the film Ismail Merchant with the American director James Ivory. He had memorable roles in films such as "The Householder" (1963) and "Shakespeare Wallah" (1965).
Kapoor also set up the Prithvi Theater in Mumbai, synonymous with experimental and avant-garde theater in India. His daughter Sanjana now directs him.
Tribute to Kapoor began arriving on Monday, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind offering condolences for his death and applauding his contribution to the cinema.
"The versatility of Shashi Kapoor could be seen in his films, as well as in the theater, which he promoted with great pbadion, and his brilliant performance will be remembered by generations to come," Modi said on Twitter.
Kapoor, who made few public appearances, was last seen in 2015 at an event in which he received the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, India's highest honor for film.
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