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Veteran actor Shashi Kapoor passes away

Veteran Bollywood actor Shashi Kapoor passed away in Mumbai, Maharashtra reportedly due to kidney failure. He was 79.

Iconic star of Indian cinema was worn in the first family of Hindi film industry. He had starred in more than hundred movies, out of which he was the lead actor in at least 61.

Shashi Kapoor

Shashi Kapoor was born on March 18, 1938 in Calcutta (Kolkata) as Balbir Raj Kapoor. He was the third and the youngest son of legendary film actor Prithviraj Kapoor and Ramsarni Kapoor. He was married English actress Jennifer Kendal in 1956 and the duo established Prithvi Theatre in 1978.

He had started acting in films as child actor in late 1940s. Since then he has appeared in 160 movies altogether, 12 being in English and the rest in Hindi. His Bollywood debut as lead actor was in film Dharmputra (1961). His best known performances as child artist were in Aag (1948), Awaara (1951) and Sangram (1950).

He is also best-known for his performances in Hindi films like ‘Jab Jab Phool Khile’, ‘Deewar’, ‘Waqt’, ‘Trishul’, ‘Utsav’and ‘Kabhi Kabhie’. He also acted in American and British films. They are The Householder (1963), Shakespeare Wallah (1965), Bombay Talkie (1970) etc.

His last and most recent film appearances were in Jinnah in 1998, a biographical film of Mohammed Ali Jinnah, father of Pakistan. His biography, Shashi Kapoor: The Householder, The Star was released in 2016 and is authored by Aseem Chhabra.

For his contribution to cinema, he has been conferred many awards including National Film Award for Best actor for film New Delhi Times (1986), National Film Award Special Jury Award/Special Mention (Feature Film) for Muhafiz (1993), National Film Award Best Feature Film in Hindi (as Producer) for Junoon (1979), Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award (2010), Padma Bhushan (2011) and Dadasaheb Phalke Award (2015).

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Veteran Actor Tom Alter passes away

Veteran theatre, television and film actor Tom Alter passed away aged 67. He was best known for his performances in “Shatranj Ke Khilari”, “Junoon” and “Kranti”.

Tom Alter

He was Indian actor of American descent He was born in 1950 in Mussoorie. He studied at Pune’s Film and Television Institute. He had appeared in over 300 films which included Satyajit Ray’s acclaimed movie Shatranj Ke Khiladi and Junoon apart from numerous TV shows.

His first Hindi film to be released was Ramanand Sagar’s Charas in 1976. He also worked in Bengali, Assamese, Gujarati, Telegu, Tamil and Kumaoni films.. Though he was one of finest actors of his era, he was stereotyped in Bollywood as perennial British man.

He was cricket enthusiast and was also a sports journalist wrote for several sporting journals.  He was first person to interview Sachin Tendulkar for TV, before his debut as cricketer for India. He was published author and had written three books, one non-fiction and two fiction.

His last film was “Sargoshiyan” with Alok Nath and Farida Jalal, released in May 2017. He was awarded Padma Shri in 2008 for his services in the field of arts and cinema.

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