Shashi Kapoor Age, Death Cause, Wife, Family, Biography & More

Shashi Kapoor


Real NameBalbir Raj Prithviraj Kapoor
Profession(s)Actor, Filmmaker
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 175 cm
in meters- 1.75 m
in Feet Inches- 5’ 9”
Weight (approx.)in Kilograms- 85 kg
in Pounds- 187 lbs
Eye ColourDark Brown
Hair ColourWhite
Personal Life
Date of Birth18 March 1938
Date of Death4 December 2017
Death CauseLiver cirrhosis (Kidney failure)
Age (at the time of death)79 Years
Birth PlaceKolkata, West Bengal, India
Place of DeathKokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, Mumbai
Zodiac sign/Sun signPisces
SignatureShashi Kapoor signature
HometownMumbai, Maharashtra, India
SchoolDon Bosco High School, Mumbai
Educational QualificationSchool Dropout
DebutFilm- Aag (1948, as a child artist)
Dharamputra (1961, in a lead role)
Direction- Ajooba (1991)
Production- Junoon (1978)
TV- Gulliver's Travels (1996, British/American TV series)
Gulliver Travels
FamilyFather- Prithviraj Kapoor (Actor, Filmmaker, Writer)
Mother- Ramsarni Mehra Kapoor
Shashi Kapoor parents
Brothers- Late Raj Kapoor (Elder, Actor), Shammi Kapoor (Elder, Actor)
Shashi Kapoor (right) with his brothers Raj Kapoor (centre) and Shammi Kapoor (left)
Sister- Urmila Sial Kapoor
Shashi Kapoor sister Urmila Sial Kapoor
AddressA bungalow in Juhu, Mumbai
Shashi Kapoor home in Mumbai
HobbiesPlaying musical instruments, Listening to music, Watching movies
ControversyHis 1972 flick 'Siddhartha' alongside, Simi Garewal stirred controversy due to their intimate scenes.
Shashi Kapoor and Simi Garewal in Siddhartha
Favourite Things
Favourite Quote"It will be a great achievement for mankind when a man finally learns to become a human."
Favourite Musical InstrumentsPiano
Favourite ActorPrithviraj Kapoor
Favourite ActressNanda
Favourite ChefMeena Pinto
Girls, Affairs and More
Marital Status (at the time of death)Widower
Affair/Girlfriend Jennifer Kendal
Wife/SpouseJennifer Kendal (m. 1958-1984; till her death)
Shashi Kapoor and Jennifer Kendal
ChildrenSons- Karan Kapoor (Photographer),
Karan Kapoor
Kunal Kapoor (Ad Maker)
Shashi Kapoor and Kunal Kapoor
Daughter- Sanjana Kapoor (Entrepreneur)
Shashi Kapoor and Sanjana Kapoor
Money Factor
Net Worth (approx.) ₹500 Crore

Shashi Kapoor

Some Lesser Known Facts About Shashi Kapoor

  • Did Shashi Kapoor smoke?: No
  • Did Shashi Kapoor drink alcohol?: Yes
  • Shashi was sent to a boarding school at a very young age, where he felt inconvenient regarding his food. One day, Shashi wrote a letter to his mother complaining about the food of the school and said that he would commit suicide if he would receive this kind of food. In the wake of it, Shashi came out of boarding school.
  • In his childhood, Shashi Kapoor acted in plays, directed and produced by his father Prithviraj Kapoor.
  • In the late 1940s, as a child actor, Shashi played many roles in movies. His best-known performance as a child actor was in Awaara (1951), where he played the younger version of the Raj Kapoor.

  • Shashi started his career with Dharmaputra in 1961. After that, he was starred in multifarious movies like Deewar, Kabhi Kabhi, Baseraa, Namak Halaal, Waqt, Trishul, Aa Gale Lag Jaa, Suhag, etc. These all were blockbusters.
  • Raj Kapoor gave him the nickname “Taxi” due to various reasons. Firstly, due to the busy shooting schedules, Shashi used to sleep in his car or a taxi. Secondly, he always looked like running away in a taxi. And, thirdly, he had a habit of picking & dropping his co-actors in his car or taxi.
  • His iconic dialogue “Mere Paas Maa Hai” from the film ‘Deewar’ (1975), made him immortal.
  • In 1978, he acquired and re-opened ‘Prithvi Theatre’ in Juhu, and became its Managing Trustee. Shashi Kapoor - Prithvi Theatre
  • In 1991, he tried his hand in direction too. The first film in his direction was Ajooba that starred Amitabh Bachchan in the lead role. Sharing a story from the sets, Amitabh Bachchan said in an interview with Mumbai Mirror, “He moved around the set with a stick in his hand, with the intention of using it on anyone who misbehaved. But he never used it! He was one director who cared immensely for his artists and technicians, on an equal plane.”Ajooba movie poster
  • In an Interview with Mumbai Mirror, Indian actress Shabana Azmi revealed that Shashi Kapoor put his money only in theater and cinema, over other commercial businesses. Sharing an anecdote Shabana said, “When we went for the Moscow Film Festival, with just eight dollars in foreign exchange, we were all trapped for cash. But despite the presence of bigwigs like FC Mehra and Raj Kapoor, Shashi Kapoor paid the bill.”
  • He never worked on Sundays as he spent the entire day with the family.
  • Shashi considered his father as his role model.
  • Once, Amitabh Bachchan saved his life when he was conducting a show at Shanmukhananda Hall in Mumbai. He was in a wheelchair due to his fractured leg, and suddenly the hall caught fire, which caused a rush. He screamed for help, but no one responded.  Then Amitabh Bachchan came and rescued him.
  • In 2011, he was honoured Padma Bhushan by the Government of India. Shashi Kapoor receiving Padma Bhushan from the President
  • In 2015, Shashi received Dadasaheb Phalke Award, the biggest award in Indian Cinema. Shashi Kapoor receiving Dada Saheb Falke Award