The Indian film industry today mourned the death of actor Shashi Kapoor, as friends and admirers -- led by Lata Mangeshkar, Shyam Benegal and Aamir Khan -- recalled his passion for cinema, while paying homage to a man known for his easy charm and good nature, reports Times of India.
The actor, aged 79, breathed his last at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital here at 5.20pm.
Director Shyam Bengal described him as ‘god’s good man’ and a beautiful human being.
‘He was god’s good man and a beautiful human being beyond anything else,’ Benegal, who worked with the late actor in ‘Kalyug’ and ‘Junoon’, told PTI.
Melody queen Lata Mangeshkar, a close friend of the actor, mourned his death.
‘I just received the news that Shashi Kapoor ji has passed away. I am really saddened. He was a good human being. My heartfelt condolences,’ she posted on Twitter.
Actor Aamir paid his respects to the actor, saying he was not just a ‘great star and a passionate filmmaker’, but also a ‘wonderful human being’.
‘His work has always given Indian audiences great joy. His contribution to Indian theatre was huge, Prithvi theatre is the favourite venue of both performers and audiences alike. His passing a sad day for all of us. My condolences to Sanjana, Kunal, Karan and everyone in the family. May his soul rest in peace,’ Aamir wrote on Twitter.
Yesteryear actor Simi Garewal said she was deeply saddened by the demise of her friend.
‘Am deeply saddened by the passing away of my co-star Shashi Kapoor. The last of that generation of Kapoors gone. A gentleman and friend gone. An era gone... All that remains are his films and precious memories,’ she tweeted.
Veteran actor and his co-star in several films, Shabana Azmi, posted on Twitter a black-and-white picture of the actor, with the caption, ‘We will miss you ...’.
Actor Saira Banu remembered him as a ‘bubbly person’.
‘I remember him as a bubbly person. He was full of fun, full of jokes and at the same time he was really a smart person,’ Banu, legendary actor Dilip Kumar’s wife, told PTI.
Veteran actor Moushumi Chatterjee remembered him as a great actor and jovial person.
‘He was a gem of a person, a very nice human being. He was a very protective person. He was a very talented hero. I learnt a lot of things from him in the beginning of my career,’ she told PTI.
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