Shashi Kapoor, veteran Bollywood star and producer, dead at 79

“His brilliant acting will be remembered for generations to come,” Modi said. Shashi Kapoor, a leading Bollywood actor and producer from the 1970s and ’80s, has died after a long illness. The Press Trust of India news agency said Kapoor will be cremated on Tuesday. (The Associated Press)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Kapoor’s versatility could be seen in his movies as well as in the theatre, which he promoted with great passion. His wife Kendal, with whom he founded the leading Prithvi Theatre, died in 1984. He was the youngest son of Prithviraj Kapoor, a veteran of Bollywood and the theatre. Kapoor is seen at centre with popular Bollywood co-star Amitabh Bachchan paying last respects to his brother, fellow actor Shammi Kapoor, in Mumbai in 2011. He appeared as well in British and American movies produced by Merchant Ivory productions, run by Ismail Merchant and James Ivory. He is survived by two sons and a daughter. Some of his popular Bollywood films were Deewar (Wall), Kabhie Kabhie (Sometimes), Namak Hala (Loyal Servant) and Kaala Pathar (Black Rock). He co-starred with Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan in each. He made his debut as a leading actor in movies in 1961. His English-language movies included The Householder’ in 1963, Shakespeare Wallah in 1965, Bombay Talkie in 1970 and Heat and Dust, in which he co-starred with his wife, British actress Jennifer Kendal, in 1982. Shashi Kapoor, who appeared in multiple Merchant-Ivory films over the years, is seen arriving to pay last respects to noted filmmaker Ismail Merchant in Mumbai in 2005. Kapoor was a second-generation member of a family dynasty in the Bollywood film industry. (Indranil Mukherjee/AFP/Getty Images)

© The Associated Press, 2017 He started in films as a child actor in the late 1940s. Kapoor acted in more than 100 Hindi films and was also a key theater personality. He was 79. A family member, Randhir Kapoor, said he passed away Monday at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, where he was being treated for a kidney ailment. Shashi Kapoor began acting at age four in plays produced and directed by his father.