Mumbai, Feb.14 : Yesteryear stars of Bollywood today expressed shock and grief over the passing of veteran comedian Rajendra Nath.
Nath died on Wednesday night from a prolonged illness brought on by breathing problems. He was 76.
Shammi Kapoor with whom Nath had acted in several popular films of the 1960s, said: "Rajendra Nath has made a major contribution to the film industry. He was a very dear friend of mine, besides being a relative. I have very deep memories of my association with him and I will feel his loss very much.
Nath's acting career began as a stage artiste with Prithvi Theatres.
Others attending his funeral today included Shammi Kapoor's nephew Randhir Kapoor, friends and relatives.
Nath was better known as Popatlal for his role of a buffoon in 'Jab Pyar Kisi Se Hota Hai'.
He also acted in Punjabi, Bhojpuri and South Indian movies.