India movie legend Shashi Kapoor dies aged 79

Legendary Indian actor and producer Shashi Kapoor has passed on at the age of 79, it has been announced.

His death was confirmed by family, who announced that the actor had died in Mumbai on Monday after several years of kidney problems.

He started as a child actor in the 1940s and 50s, appearing in films such as Aag and Awaara, in both of which he played the younger version of his already established brother Raj Kapoor. His first leading role was in the award-winning 1961 Dharmputra, directed by Yash Chopra, which was one of the first Indian features to deal with partition.

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He went on to star in a number of hits in the ’70s including Jaanwar Aur Insaan (1972), Kabhi Kabhie (1976) and Trishna (1979).

Kapoor cut back his acting work in the mid-1980s after the death of wife Jennifer Kendal from cancer in 1984.

He is survived by two sons Kunal and Karan, and a daughter Sanjana.