Veteran actor Shashi Kapoor cremated with state honours

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Veteran film actor Shashi Kapoor of the 70s and 80s was cremated with state honours at the Santa Cruz Hindu crematorium, Mumbai around noon on Tuesday. The actor-producer’s body was taken to the crematorium from his Juhu home in an ambulance at 11.45 a.m.

Shashi Kapoor Cremation
Shashi Kapoor being taken to crematorium. His son, Kunal Kapoor is seen in the foreground. Photo Courtesy. Reuters

The long ailing actor passed away on Monday evening at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital in Mumbai. He was 79.

His three children — sons Kunal and Karan and daughter Sanjna — were there as were other members of the Kapoor family and scores of film personalities to bid farewell to the actor, who straddled the worlds of commercial and art house cinema.

He was honoured with the Padma Bhushan — the third highest civilian honour — by the Government of India in 2011. In 2015, he was bestowed with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award.

Shashi Kapoor receiving Dada Saheb Phalke Award 2011 from then President Pratibha Patil
Then President Pratibha Patil presenting Shashi Kapoor with Dada Saheb Phalke award in 2015

About a dozen policemen draped the actor’s body in Tricolour, which was later removed for the rituals.

Shashikapoor last rites
Shashi Kapoor’s body draped in Indian tri-colour before cremation

There were three rounds of fire to honour the late actor, who graced the silver screen for more than four decades. This was followed by a minute’s silence. The actor’s body was given an electric cremation.

Hundreds of fans with umbrellas and raincoats gathered at the crematorium, undeterred by the warnings of a cyclone and heavy rain.

Celebrities such as Amitabh and Abhishek Bachchan, Shyam Benegal, Shah Rukh Khan, Ayan Mukherji, Hansal Mehta, Nandita Das, Lara Dutta with husband Mahesh Bhupati, and Maharashtra politician Ramdas Athawale were amongst those who paid their last respects to the actor. Writer Salim Khan, who gave Shashi Kapoor the iconic one-line “Mere paas maa hai” in Deewar , along with lyricist Javed Akhtar, was there as well.

An emotional Bachchan, who also visited the veteran actor’s residence to pay his last respects, was seen hugging the actor’s family members. Sanjay Dutt, Naseeruddin Shah, Anil Kapoor and Aamir Khan were amongst those present at the residence for a prayer meet earlier in the day.

Celebrities pay their last respects

Celebrities such as Amitabh and Abhishek Bachchan, Shyam Benegal, Shah Rukh Khan, Ayan Mukherji, Hansal Mehta, Nandita Das, Lara Dutta with husband Mahesh Bhupati, and Maharashtra politician Ramdas Athawale were amongst those who paid their last respects to the actor. Writer Salim Khan, who gave Shashi Kapoor the iconic one-line “Mere paas maa hai” in Deewar , along with lyricist Javed Akhtar, was there as well.

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