Popular Indian star of over 200 films, best known to Western audiences for his roles in the films of Merchant/Ivory; he came to widespread attention with "Shakespeare Wallah", in 1966. Kapoor was late...
The versatile Indian actor was rushed to Mumbai's Breach Candy Hospital on Friday (12Aug11) in critical condition, and died on Sunday (14Aug11) of kidney failure.
Famed for his lighthearted touch in movies, he made his Bollywood debut in 1954, and was part of the Kapoor acting dynasty, which included his successful actor brothers, Raj and Shashi, and their father Prithviraj Kapoor, a well-known theatre personality.
His notable screen credits include Junglee and Professor.
Kapoor is survived by his wife and two children.
Toured with father's company at age 18 and joined the Kendals' Shakespeareana Company in India
As child worked in Prithvi Theatre and in brother, Raj Kapoor's films
Film acting debut in "Aag"
Popular Indian star of over 200 films, best known to Western audiences for his roles in the films of Merchant/Ivory; he came to widespread attention with "Shakespeare Wallah", in 1966. Kapoor was later seen in Stephen Frears' "Sammy and Rosie Get Laid" (1987). He is the son of actor-director-film statesman Prithviraj Kapoor (1906-1972) and the brother of Raj Kapoor (1924-1988), a director and popular, Chaplinesque actor. Kapoor was married to actress Jennifer Kendal, who died in 1985; he had met her when, during his early career as a stage actor, he performed with her "Shakespeariana" troupe.
born c. 1968
born c. 1962
born c. 1959
died 1985; part of family's touring Shakespeareana Company in India