One of the most iconic stars of the Indian film industry, Shashi Kapoor passed away on Monday at the age of 79 after prolonged illness.
Actor Randhir Kapoor, son of veteran actor Raj Kapoor confirmed the news and said: "Yes, he is no more. He had a kidney problem and was on dialysis for several years’’.
Camaraderie between Amitabh Bachchan and Shashi Kapoor created magic on-screen and gave numerous superhit films such as Suhaag, Deewar, Kabhi Kabhi, Namak Halal and many more.
Amitabh Bachchan penned down his memories while recalling the actor in his personal blog.
Remembering the day, when he first saw Sashi Kapoor’s picture on a magazine, he wrote ‘’ Standing elegantly without a care in the world, I saw him standing by a Mercedes Sports car, a convertible, a smart trimmed beard and moustache, adorning involuntarily, the face of this incredibly handsome man. It was a picture that filled almost an entire page of a magazine. Shashi Kapoor … son of Prithviraj Kapoor, younger brother to Raj Kapoor and Shammi Kapoor, making a debut in a forthcoming film, is what the caption read .. And I said to myself, as very uncertain thoughts raced through my mind of wanting to become a film actor, that, with men like him around, I stood no chance at all ..’’.
Big B also revealed that Shashi Kapoor was also shattered with the demise of his wife Jennifer Kendal. He wrote, "He had been ailing .. somewhere he had let himself go after the passing away of his dear wife Jennifer .. I had visited him on occasion in Hospital during some of the times he had been hospitalised earlier .. but I never went to see him again .. I would never have .. I never ever wanted to see this beautiful friend and 'samdhi' in the state I saw him in hospital .... and I did not today, when they informed me that he had gone ‘’.
Senior Bachchan ended his blog and wrote, "He fondly addressed me as 'babbua' .. and with him have gone many incredible unread chapters of his and my life’’’.
Funeral of Shashi Kapoor will be held in the afternoon of Tuesday