Shashi Kapoor, Bollywood legend, dead at 79

Actor Shashi Kapoor is pictured on the set of the movie "Siddhartha,"  circa 1972.
CNN  — 

Beloved Bollywood actor Shashi Kapoor died Monday evening at a hospital in Mumbai, India, a hospital spokesman said.

The 79-year-old actor had been battling chronic kidney disease, local media reported. His death was confirmed by Dr. Ram Narain, executive director at the Kokilaben Hospital.

Kapoor won immense popularity for his roles in Hindi films including “Jab jab Phool Khile” (When a Flower Blossoms), “Awara” (Vagabond), and “Kabhi Kabhie” (Sometimes), as well as his good looks.

Bollywood fans shared their memories and favorite pieces of Kapoor dialogue on social media Monday. Many described his death as the end of an era.

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi was one of those to offer his condolences, tweeting:

“Shashi Kapoor’s versatility could be seen in his movies as well as in theatre, which he promoted with great passion. His brilliant acting will be remembered for generations to come. Saddened by his demise. Condolences to his family and admirers.”

Talented family

Kapoor was born into a movie family. His father was an actor and playwright, performing all over the country during the Partition era with his repertory company the Prithvi Theaters. Kapoor’s father starred in the plays which touched on the plight of refugees, nationhood, and the country’s trajectory.