Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

B'towners attend prayer meet in remembrance of Shashi Kapoor

B'towners attend prayer meet in remembrance of Shashi Kapoor

Bollywood actor Shashi Kapoor, the romantic screen icon of the 70s and 80s, was cremated with state honours at the Santacruz Hindu crematorium around noon on Tuesday.

But he could not fulfill his wish as he passed away in 1972.

Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa in Pakistan organised candle vigil outside the "Kapoor Haveli" to pay their tribute to Shashi Kapoor, who passed away on 4 December in Mumbai. Shashi's brother Raj Kapoor and Shammi Kapoor ruled the Hindi film industry for decades.

The attendees of the event included Karisma Kapoor, Ranshir Kapoor, Neetu Kapoor, Soni Razdan, Padmini Kolhapure, Dimple Kapadia, Kunal Kemmu and Soha Ali Khan, Kabir Bedi, Waheeda Rehman, Rani Mukherji, Poonam Dhillon, Aadar Jain, Kiran Rao, Suniel Shetty, Ashutosh Gowarikar, Rekha, Neelam and other members of the Kapoor family.

Among his memorable films were "Deewar", "Kabhie Kabhie", "Namak Halal" and "Kaala Pathar". He started acting in films as a child artiste in the late '40s.

Located in the Dhaki Nalbani area in the interiors of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, the Kapoor ancestral home was built by Dewan Basheswarnath Singh Kapoor (father of Prithviraj Kapoor) in the early 20th century, who lived in the city. He made his debut as a leading actor in movies in 1961. "He was on dialysis for several years", Randhir Kapoor told PTI.

He was honoured with the Padma Bhushan in 2011 and received cinema's prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke award in 2015.

He is survived by two sons and a daughter.

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