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Bollywood vet Shammi Kapoor dies

Versatile Indian actor Shammi Kapoor has died after a long career in Bollywood. He was 79.

Versatile Indian actor Shammi Kapoor has died 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 critical condition. He was on dialysis and died Sunday of kidney failure.

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

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

Compared to Elvis Presley in a Times of India obituary, Shammi Kapoor made his debut in Bollywood in 1953 and acted in successful movies including Junglee, Badtameez, Bluff Master  and Professor. He also appeared in Brahmchari and Janwar.

Turning his back on the screen, Kapoor devoted his later years to spirituality.

He is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter.