Sonia Gandhi condoles Shashi Kapoor's demise, calls him a brilliant actor

Kapoor has two sons, Kunal and Karan, and a daughter, Sanjana, who manage the Prithviraj Theatre. He then tried his hand at directing, making the big budget blockbuster Ajooba (1991), a fantasy film with Bachchan in the lead, which sank at the box office, causing him enormous financial distress. Reports said he acted in more than 175 films mainly in mainstream Bollywood and art films.

The legendary actor was married to the late English actress Jennifer Kendal, with whom he established the Prithvi Theatre in 1978.

In 2015, he became the third in his family to be honoured with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, India's highest cinema award.

Shashi was one of the most renowned actors, who displayed his acting acumen in hundreds of films, starting from the era of the 60s.

Kapoor has been part of several worldwide projects and his contribution to theatre besides Hindi cinema would always be remembered.

He started acting in films as a child artiste in the late 1940s and appeared in films like Sangram (1950) and Dana Paani (1953) under the name of Shashiraj as there was another actor by the same name who used to act in mythological films as child artiste.

Thanks to his youthful looks Kapoor often played Bachchan's younger brother, despite being five years older than him.

Shashi was one of the first Indian stars who worked in worldwide films - British and American films particularly in collaboration with Merchant-Ivory productions. He will always be remembered for the memorable roles he played in a number of films.

Born on March 18, 1938 in Kolkata city in India's eastern state of West Bengal, Kapoor made his debut in 1961, as the lead actor, in the Hindi film Dharamputra.

A family member, Randhir Kapoor, said Shashi Kapoor died on Monday in Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani, where he was being treated for a kidney ailment.

Shashi Kapoor also proved his mettle overseas, with his most noteworthy role being alongside Pierce Brosnan in "The Deceivers" (1988). Their films included Mohabbat Isko Kahete Hain (1965), Neend Hamari Khwab Tumhare (1966), and Rootha Na Karo (1970). His famous pairing opposite Zeenat Aman was seen in movies like Deewaangee, Roti Kapda Aur Makan and Satyam Shivam Sundaram.

  • Stacy Allen