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Ambika Soni condoles the death of Shammi Kapoor

August 14, 2011 - New Delhi/Mumbai

Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni has condoled the death of veteran actor Shammi Kapoor, who passed away at the Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai on Sunday morning due to chronic renal failure.

"Shammi Kapoor gave a new dimension to the art of acting within the domain of popular cinema. In his depiction of characters, he combined the legacy of the Kapoor tradition of connecting with the audiences through simplicity and portrayal real life images," said Soni in her condolence message.

"Apart from his versatile performances, many of his films are remembered even today for their haunting melodies. He gave the masses wholesome entertainment balancing style, image and the willingness to lead life in its full glory. I pray to God that the family gathers the necessary strength to overcome this crisis," she added.he last rites of Shammi Kapoor 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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