Bollywood lost one of its brightest stars today! Veteran actor Shashi Kapoor passed away in a Mumbai hospital today after prolonged illness. The Padma Bhushan awardee was 79 and had been critical the past few weeks. His sudden demise has his fans, family and friends in the industry in shock. No sooner than the news of the yesteryear’s heartthrob spread, celebs started thronging the hospital and his Pali Hill residence. Family members Randhir Kapoor, Ranbir Kapoor and Krishna Raj Kapoor, along with Boney Kapoor and Rumi Jaffery were spotted at the hospital. The superstar’s son Kunal Kapoor and grand children also payed a visit to the hospital.
Meanwhile, Rishi Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan who were away from the city, flew down to the city after hearing about Shashi Kapoor’s death. As of now, a number of Bollywood celebrities, including Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and husband Abhishek Bachchan; Kapoor’s co-star Amitabh Bachchan; the younger lot of the Kapoor Khandaan – Ranbir, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Saif, Adar Jain, Armaan Jain; Rani Mukerji and Kajol and more celebrities are seen reaching his residence to pay their last respects to the star who ruled the screens for decades on end. ALSO READ: Shashi Kapoor’s Most Ambitious Project That Had Left Him Bankrupt And Heartbroken – Exclusive
Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan at Shashi Kapoor’s residence
Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan arrive at Shashi Kapoor’s residence
Kajol reaches Shashi Kapoor’s residence
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan outside Shashi Kapoor’s residence
Aishwarya reaches Kapoor’s Pali Hill residence
Abhishek and Amitabh Bachchan at Shashi Kapoor’s residence
Abhi and Ash at Shashi Kapoor’s residence
The Bachchan’s arrive
Adar and Armaan Jain
Ranbir Kapoor reaches Shashi Kapoor’s residence after paying a visit at the hospital
Ranbir Kapoor reaches Shashi Kapoor’s residence
Rani Mukerji at Shashi Kapoor’s residence
Rani Mukerji and choreographer Vaibhavi Merchant at Shashi Kapoor’s residence
The actor was born in Calcutta on 18 March, 1938 and harbored the desire to be in films from a very young age. The fact that he came from a film family, with father Prithviraj and elder brothers Raj Kapoor and Shammi Kapoor being faces and names to reckon with, paved way for him. Inspiration at home met training in school and college where he regularly participated in plays. While he first faced the camera as a child artist in 1948 film Aag. He was only 10-year-old then. His first role as an actor came only in 1961 in Dharamputra. A few years later, he tasted success with Jab Jab Phool Khile – 1965 and went on to became one of the most loved stars of the 60s and 70s.