Kappor family icon and film veteran Shashi Kapoor, who was known for his famous dialogue "Mere Paas Maa Hai" in Deewar was admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) of Kokilaben hospital in Mumbai on Sunday after an acute lung disease and breathlessness.
The 76-year-old actor had underwent a cataract surgery at the same hospital in suburban Andheri two years ago and has been suffering from failing health in the last five years and his wife Jennifer Kendal passed away two decades ago in 1984.
Known as handsome Shashi Kapoor, the son of Bollywood’s first generation hero Prithviraj Kapoor, went on to act in over 160 movies, and has won three National Awards, besides the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010.
Born Balbir Raj Prithviraj Kapoor on 18 March 1938 in Calcutta, he has been acting since the age of four in films as he belonged to the famous Kapoor dynasty that still rules the Bollywood industry. Though his two sons and daughter did not make it successfully into the industry, they were known for thier contribution to theatre industry in Mumbai.
He made his debut as an actor in 1961 with the film Dharmputra and never stopped since then. He has acted in 116 Hindi films, as hero in 61 of them and as co-hero in 55 of them and as supporting actor in 21 films, besides special appearance in 7 films. He also acted in English language films in 1963 including The Householder and Shakespeare-Wallah.
Among scores of his heroines, he said in an interview in the 1990s, that Nanda was his favourite heroine and that he regarded her as one of his mentors, while she reciprocated the gesture in another interview stating that Shashi Kapoor was her favourite hero. Others included Raakhee, Sharmila Tagore, Zeenat Aman, Hema Malini, Parveen Babi, and Moushumi Chatterjee.