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Bollywood matinee idol Shashi Kapoor dies at 79

Veteran actor Shashi Kapoor, a Bollywood matinee hero who starred in over 100 films, died in Mumbai on Monday. He was 79 and had been battling a kidney infirmity.

Kapoor, a three-time winner at India’s National Film Awards, is survived by his three juveniles. His wife, English actress Jennifer Kendal, died in 1984.

He was part of what became be aware as Bollywood’s first family, alongside two brothers who were also unsurpassed men: Raj, who died in 1988, and Shammi who died in 2011.

His easy charm and intense demeanor tip off a exaggerated Shashi Kapoor an instant hit with audiences in the 1960s and 70s. He acted in blockbusters such as “Deewaar” (Go under) and “Kabhi Kabhie” (Sometimes) alongside Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan.

He straddled roles in mainstream Bollywood hazes with regular appearances in film producer Ismail Merchant’s collaborations with U.S. principal James Ivory.

He had memorable roles in films such as “The Householder” (1963) and “Shakespeare Wallah” (1965).

Kapoor also set up Mumbai’s Prithvi Histrionic arts, synonymous with experimental and avant-garde theatre in India. His daughter Sanjana now runs it.

Tithes to Kapoor began to pour in on Monday, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind donation condolences on his death and applauding his contribution to cinema.

“Shashi Kapoor’s versatility could be noted in his movies as well as in theatre, which he promoted with great passion. His renowned acting will be remembered for generations to come,” Modi said on Snigger.

Kapoor, who made few public appearances, was last seen in 2015 at an when it happened where he received the Dadasaheb Phalke award, India’s highest honor for cinema.

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