Bollywood stars turn out to mourn Shammi Kapoor


Bollywood stars turned out in force on Monday to pay their respects to actor Shammi Kapoor, the heart-throb actor of the 1950s and 1960s who died on Sunday. Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, a family friend, helped carry Kapoor’s flower-covered body from his home in the up-market Malabar Hill area of south Mumbai to a waiting ambulance for the short trip to a nearby crematorium. Also in attendance were Aamir Khan and Priyanka Chopra as well as top politicians and other prominent figures, including industrialist Anil Ambani. Shammi’s younger brother, Shashi, who is also in frail health, was among the mourners. The Kapoors are Bollywood’s foremost acting dynasty. Four generations of the family have acted, produced or directed in Bollywood from brothers Raj, Shammi and Shashi’s father Prithviraj to Raj’s son’s Randhir and Rishi. Randhir’s daughter Kareena is now an established A-lister while Rishi’s son Ranbir is one of the industry’s top new male leads. Shammi Kapoor died on Sunday morning at a private south Mumbai hospital after suffering renal failure. He was 79 and had been in poor health for a number of years.