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Bollywood mourns death of Shammi Kapoor

August 14, 2011 - Mumbai

Bollywood fraternity has expressed grief over the demise of veteran actor Shammi Kapoor, who passed away at the Breach Candy Hospital here on Sunday morning due to chronic renal failure.

Expressing deep sock over Shammi Kapoor's death, veteran director Yash Chopra said: "Shammi Kapoor was in institution in himself. He will remain a cult figure forever."

"We have lost a gem of the industry. Bollywood will never see such an era again," said lyricist Javed Akhtar.

"Shammi Kapoor ji passed away this morning at 5:15 am..Rushing there now .. the flamboyance and joie de vivre'of the Industry lost! A life full of happiness and zest suddenly silent," said actor Amitabh Bachchan on Twitter.

"He was an inspiration for everyone throughout his life. He was a great co-star and even greater individual," said actor Prem Chopra.

'O mere Sona', you will always be in our hearts," Times Now channel quoted actor Rajnikanth, as saying.

The last rites of the veteran actor will be performed at 11 a.m. tomorrow.

Born on born October 21, 1931, in a Punjabi Khatri family, he was a prominent lead actor in Hindi cinema during the late 1950s and 1960s.

He was given the name Shamsher Raj Kapoor at his birth in Mumbai to film and theatre actor Prithviraj Kapoor, Shammi was the second of the three sons born to Prithviraj (the other two being Raj Kapoor and Shashi Kapoor), both of whom were, like their father, successful Bollywood actors.

Extremely versatile as an actor, Shammi was the leading star of Hindi cinema during the late 1950s as well as the 1960s.

He debuted in Bollywood in 1953 with the film Jeevan Jyoti, and went on to deliver hits like Tumsa Nahin Dekha, Dil Deke Dekho, Junglee, Dil Tera Diwana, Professor, China Town, Rajkumar, Kashmir Ki Kali, Janwar, Teesri Manzil, An Evening in Paris, Bramhachari, and Andaz and Vidhaata.

He received the Filmfare Best Actor Award in 1968 for his performance in Brahmachari and Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor for Vidhaata in 1982.


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