He had been suffering from ailments for the past few years. He had undergone a bypass surgery earlier. The news of his death was confirmed by his nephew Randhir Kapoor, son of Raj Kapoor. He had kidney problem since several years. So busy in fact, that his own brother Raj Kapoor found it hard to get time from him for his film Satyam Shivam Sundaram. Mr Kumar said that Mr Kapoor besides acting also excelled in the direction.
Shashi Kapoor was honoured with Padma Bhushan in 2011 for his contributions to Art-Cinema.
He was the recipient of India's highest award in the film world, the Dadasaheb Phalke Award.
Raj Kapoor, who died in 1988, was also a famous Hindi cinema actor.
Shashi Kapoor with Jennifer Kendal
Born in 1938, Shashi Kapoor - brother of Raj Kapoor and Shammi Kapoor- carried forward the legacy of his father, the legendary Prithviraj Kapoor.
Kapoor and wife Jennifer Kendal together led to the foundation of the iconic Prithvi Theatre in November 1978 which now lies in the heart of the Mumbai city. They had three children- Karan Kapoor, Kunal Kapoor, and Sanjana Kapoor.
Shashi started his film journey as a child artist and, in his lifetime, appeared in over 150 films.
Kapoor acted in more than a hundred films, of which he played the solo lead in 61. He will always be remembered for the memorable roles he played in a number of films. He went on to immortalize characters like Prem Sagar in The Householder and Sanju in Shakespeare-Wallah respectively. He was a very classy actor, and it is a great loss for Bollywood as well as for Indian cinema. Mr Kumar in his condolence message said that Mr Kapoor's death had left a great void in the cinema world, which would be hard to fill. Yash Chopra's Waqt and some other films brought him in the big league, but his English films bring forth an entirely new side of his personality.