New Delhi: Veteran Bollywood actor Shashi Kapoor passed away. He was 79.Shashi Kapoor was the third and youngest son of Prithviraj Kapoor. He made his Bollywood debut in 1961, as the lead actor, in the film Dharmputra. Born as Balbir Raj Kapoor on March 18, 1938, worked in over 175 films as an actor. He also produced several hit films like Junoon, Kalyug, Vijeta, 36 Chowringhee Lane and Utsav.
Shashi was one of the first Indian stars who worked in international films – British and American films particularly in collaboration with Merchant-Ivory productions. Shashi had also directed directed the Soviet Union co-production Ajooba (1991) which turned out to be a disaster. The film was also released in a Russian version titled Vozvrashcheniye Bagdadskogo Vora. In 1963, two of Shashi’s English films were commercially successful. Shashi Kapoors pairing on the silver screen with megastar Amitabh Bachchan was hugely popular and is considered to be one of best till date. The two superstars worked together in some of the biggest hits of Bollywood Deewaar, Suhaag, Kabhie Kabhie, Trishul, Silsila and Namak Halaal.