Veteran Bollywood actor Shashi Kapoor passed away at the age of 79 after prolonged illness. The actor-filmmaker is wheel-chair bound and has been suffering from kidney problems for some time now. Born on March 18, 1938, to the illustrious and formidable theatre and film actor Prithviraj Kapoor, Shashi hit the spotlight at the age of four acting in plays directed and produced by his father. He started acting in films as a child in the late 1940s. He was honoured with Padma Bhushan in 2011 and the Dadasaheb Phalke award in 2015.