Bollywood legend and Merchant Ivory collaborator Shashi Kapoor has died. The Heat And Dust star had been admitted to hospital on Sunday night and passed away Monday in Mumbai, his nephew, Randhir Kapoor, confirmed to Indian news agency PTI. A member of the Kapoor filmmaking dynasty, he was 79.
Beginning as a child actor in the 1940s and 50s, Kapoor went on to make more than 150 films. His Bollywood debut as leading man was in 1961’s Dharmputra directed by Yash Chopra. Other notable Indian credits include 1972’s Jaanwar Aur Insaan, 1976’s Kabhi Kabhie and 1979’s Trishna.
In 1963 he appeared in the first of several Merchant Ivory Productions, The Householder. His other collaborations with Ismail Merchant and James Ivory include 1965’s Berlin Film Festival entry Shakespeare Wallah; 1970’s Bombay Talkie with his wife Jennifer Kendal; and 1983’s Cannes entry Heat And Dust with Julie Christie and Greta Scacchi.
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Kapoor’s later film work also included 1986’s New Delhi Times, 1987’s Sammy And Rosie Get Laid, 1993’s In Custody and 1998’s Side Streets.
In 1978, Kapoor and Kendal established Mumbai’s Prithvi Theatre which Aamir Khan said today “is the favorite venue of both performers and audiences alike.” Kapoor scaled back from acting in the 80s and in 2011 was awarded the Padma Bhushan state honor.
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