Veteran actor and yesteryear heartthrob Shashi Kapoor has passed away in Mumbai today (December 4, 2017). The Padma Bhushan awardee actor was 79 years old (birthday – 18 March 1938) and had been unwell since the past few years. Although in a critical condition since the past few days, his sudden demise has come as a jolt to the entire family. The actor has appeared in some of the most heartening love stories in his peak in cinema around the 60s and 70s and was tagged one of the most good looking men in Indian cinema. Some of his most noteworthy works can defined through films like Jab Jab Phool Khile – 1965, Deewaar – 1975, Kabhi Kabhie – 1976, Junoon 1978, Kalyug – 1980, In Custody – 1993 amongst many others.
He was also one of the first actors to appear in English-language films (The Householder in 1963 being his first), paving the way for others to follow. Born in Calcutta, the actor was always interested in acting and coming from a filmi background (born to a filmmaker and actor father Prithviraj Kapoor and the younger brother to successful actors Raj Kapoor and Shammi Kapoor) only gave his dreams stronger wings to take flight. Participating in plays in school and college and winning accolades for his performance, only acted as a training and made his resolve to become an actor stronger. But acting is not the only thing he stopped at. He could boast of an all-round resume with having assisted direction for films like 1974 – Manoranjan, 1964 – Dulha Dulhan, 1960 – Shriman Satyawadi, 1959 – Guest House; and directed and produced – Ajooba in 1991.
He was married to late Jennifer Kendal (sister of actress Felicity Kendal) and is survived by sons Karan Kapoor, Kunal Kapoor, and daughter Sanjana Kapoor. Apart from Padma Bhushan, Shashi Kapoor was also bestowed with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2014.