MUMBAI: Veteran Bollywood actor, producer and film industry stalwart, Shashi Kapoor has died aged 79 on Monday.
According to reports, family sources told media that the actor had died in Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani hospital in the western city of Mumbai on Monday after several years of kidney problems.
He was a member of the Kapoor dynasty, which has dominated the Hindi film industry for decades.
Kapoor began his career as a child actor and appeared in more than 150 films, including a dozen in English. He became known internationally for his roles in Merchant Ivory productions like "Shakespeare-wallah" and "Heat and Dust".
In 2015, he was given the prestigious ‘Dada Saheb Phalke’ Award, the highest honour in Indian cinema.
Kapoor was known for his charming smile and was often described by his fans as the "handsomest star ever".
He won several national film awards and was awarded the ‘Padma Bhushan civilian honour’ by the Indian government in 2011. He also acted in a number of British and American films.
"Yes he has passed away. He had kidney problem since several years. He was on dialysis for several years," his nephew, actor Randhir Kapoor, told Indian media.
‘The funeral will be held on Tuesday morning’, media quoted Randhir as saying.
The actor was married to late English actress Jennifer Kendal, with whom he set up Mumbai's iconic ‘Prithvi Theatre’ in 1978.
As news of his death spread, fans took to social media to express their grief and pay tributes, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi who paid tribute in these words; Shashi Kapoor's versatility could be seen in his movies as well as in theatre, which he promoted with great passion. His brilliant acting will be remembered for generations to come. Saddened by his demise. Condolences to his family and admirers.