Shashi Kapoor was once again a victim of an internet hoax after rumours about his death went viral on social media on Wednesday. The veteran actor’s nephew Rishi Kapoor dispelled all rumours and tweeted that his uncle was “doing fine”.
Playback singer Lata Mangeshkar talked to Bollywood Hungama about the effect such rumours have on the people close to the person. “Such rumours only add to the life of the person who is killed by rumour-mongers. I truly wonder who spreads such strange rumours! It must have been someone completely drunk. In this era of quick and bulk communication anyone can send a vicious SMS about anyone and spark off an ugly rumour. Do such people realise how disturbed people get by these rumours?” the portal quoted her as saying.
Shashi Kapoor is the youngest of Prithviraj Kapoor’s four children. A charismatic actor, he charmed the audience with his good looks and flamboyant dancing style in mainstream films while also nurturing alternative cinema and theatre.
One of the first actors to venture into international cinema through Merchant-Ivory productions, Kapoor fulfilled his father’s dream by establishing Prithvi Theatre.
The actor was honoured with a retrospective at the 2015 International Film Festival of India (IFFI). He was also presented with the Dadasaheb Phalke award at the Prithvi Theatre in 2015.