Mumbai, India (Web Desk): Veteran actor Shashi Kapoor died at the age of 79 after prolonged illness.

He had been admitted to Kokilaben Hospital after his health condition got worse. 

Shashi Kapoor was a member of the Kapoor family, a film dynasty in India's Bollywood cinema. Kapoor was born in Calcutta (Kolkata) during the British Raj. He is the 3rd and the youngest son of Prithviraj Kapoor , the younger brother of Raj Kapoor and Shammi Kapoor , the widower of Jennifer Kendal (sister of actress Felicity Kendal), and the father of Karan Kapoor , Kunal Kapoor , and Sanjana Kapoor .

Shashi Kapoor made his Bollywood debut in 1961, as the lead actor , in the film Dharmputra.

He has appeared in a large number of Hindi films as well as in a few English-language films. He has also been a film director and assistant director in the Hindi film industry.

The veteran actor , who had featured in more than 160 films, was a three-time national award winner. 

In 2011, he was honoured with the Padma Bhushan by the Government of India for his contributions to Art-Cinema. In 2015, he was awarded the 2014 Dadasaheb Phalke Award, making him the third member of his family to receive the highest award in Indian Cinema after Prithviraj Kapoor and Raj Kapoor .