Popular Indian actor Shammi Kapoor dies at 79

August 14, 2011 - 1:05 AM

MUMBAI, India (AP) — Versatile India actor Shammi Kapoor after a long career in Bollywood. He was 79.

His doctor Bhupendra Gandhi says Kapoor was admitted to Mumbai's Breach Candy Hospital two days ago in a critical condition. He was on dialysis and passed away on Sunday of kidney failure.

Kapoor was hailed for his lighthearted roles in movies. He belonged to the Bollywood's well-known Kapoor family.

His brothers Raj Kapoor and Shashi Kapoor also were successful actors like their father, Prithviraj Kapoor, a well-known theater personality of 1950s.

Shammi Kapoor is survived by his wife, one son and a daughter.

He made his debut in Bollywood in 1953 and acted in successful movies including "Junglee" and "Professor." He also appeared in "Brahmchari" and "Janwar."