New Delhi, Aug 14 (IBNS) Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni condoled the demise of thespian Shammi Kapoor, who succumbed to renal failure at a Mumbai hospital on Sunday morning.
“I am sad to learn of Shri Shammi Kapoor’s demise. He was an accomplished actor who entertained millions and millions of fans in India and abroad. I share his family’s grief,” Singh said in his message.
In her condolence message to Kapoor’s family, Soni said “Shammi Kapoor gave a new dimension to the art of acting within the domain of popular cinema. In his depiction of characters, he combined the legacy of the Kapoor tradition of connecting with the audiences through simplicity and portrayal real life images.
“Apart from his versatile performances, many of his films are remembered even today for their haunting melodies. He gave the masses wholesome entertainment balancing style, image and the willingness to lead life in its full glory.”
“I pray to God that the family gathers the necessary strength to overcome this crisis,” she said.
Kapoor, who was suffering from chronic renal failure since the last 7-8 years, breathed his last at Breach Candy Hospital around 5.15 am.
He was admitted to Breach Candy on Aug 7 after his condition was complicated by low blood pressure and an infection.
Kapoor was put on ventilator support on Friday after his condition deteriorated.
His last rites will be performed on Monday (Aug 15) at Ban Ganga crematorium here.
Shammi Kapoor, born as Shamsher Raj Kapoor on 21 October 1931, was a prominent lead actor in Hindi cinema during the late 1950s and 1960s.