Veteran actor Shammi Kapoor, who ruled the late 1950s and 1960s with his unique style and versatile range, passed away on Sunday at the Breach Candy Hospital here, family sources said.
He was 79. He is survived by his wife Neela Devi, son Aditya Raj and daughter Kanchan Desai.
According to the sources, he was on dialysis for the last few years and was undergoing the procedure at least thrice a week. He was on Saturday admitted to the ICU of the hospital.
The actor, who made his debut in Bollywood in 1953, when the film ‘Jeevan Jyoti’ was released, carved out a niche for himself with the super hit “Junglee” in 1961.
His new image took ground and his subsequent films were all in this genre later.
Last rites on Monday
The funeral of Bollywood actor Shammi Kapoor will take place on Monday, according to his family.
The actor passed away here this morning. The funeral will take place at 11 am on Monday, after his grandson returns from US, at Banganga in south Mumbai.
Family members, friends, several Bollywood personalities including Amitabh Bachchan and industrialist Anil Ambani visited the Kapoor’s residence `Blue Heaven’ at Malabar Hill this morning, after learning of his demise.