Namaste: Bollywood legend Shashi Kapoor is reportedly dead

Shashi Kapoor poses with Karishma Kapoor Ranbir Kapoor Rekha and Neetu Singh after receiving the Dadasaheb Phalke award in Mumbai in May 2015 | PTI

Kapoor appeared in 116 films out of which he played the protagonist in 61 of the movies.

Condoling the demise of veteran actor-producer Shashi Kapoor, Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Monday called him a "brilliant actor" and said "he has left a void hard to fill in the world of cinema". "May his soul rest in peace", Naidu tweeted.

President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Information & Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani, Maharashtra Governor CH Vidyasagar Rao and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis are among those who had extended their condolences.

"Shashi Kapoor's versatility could be seen in his movies as well as in theater, which he promoted with great passion". I remember thinking that he looked like a Hollywood actor. "Condolences to his family and admirers", Modi tweeted. Local media reports said Kapoor will be cremated on Tuesday. "A brilliant actor, he successfully contributed in paving the way for alternative pathbreaking cinema Nationally and Internationally", said Gandhi.

"He will be fondly remembered by all and has left a void hard to fill in the world of cinema", she said.

Director Shyam Bengal described him as "god's good man" and a lovely human-being.

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In 2011, Shashi Kapoor was awarded the Padma Bhushan, India's third highest civilian honour, Times of India reported.

Having married actor Jennifer Kendal in 1958, Kapoor became part of the Merchant Ivory stable of English-language films set in India, starring opposite Kendal in Bombay Talkie (1970) and Merchant Ivory's 1982 hit Heat and Dust.

He started acting in films as a child artiste in the late 1940s and appeared in films like Sangram (1950) and Dana Paani (1953) under the name of Shashiraj as there was another actor by the same name who used to act in mythological films as child artiste.

Kapoor made his debut in his brother's film Aag (1948) as a child artist and then worked again with him in Awaara as the kid who grows up to be a delinquent.

There are very few Bollywood actors who can match the dialogue delivery style of Shashi Kapoor.

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