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Bollywood Stars Flock To Pay Last Respects To Shammi Kapoor

PTI 02 Mar 2015, 12:04:35 IST

Mumbai, Aug 14: A large number of Bollywood stars gathered to pay their last respects to Shammi Kapoor, who passed away on Sunday morning at the Breach Candy hospital. He was 79.

Nephew Randhir Kapoor, grandnieces Karisma and Kareena, co-star Amitabh Bachchan, director Imtiaz Ali and many more visited the Blue Heaven Society on Malabar Hill to pay tribute to the star who dominated Bollywood in the late 1950s and 1960s.

Shammi Kapoor will be cremated on Monday morning at the Banganga crematorium.

Among the stars from the film fraternity were Amitabh who came with wife Jaya, director Subhash Ghai, Anupam Kher, Imran Khan and his wife Avantika.

Industrialist Anil Ambani and his wife tina Ambani were also among the early ones to pay their homage to the actor, who died of kidney failure after a week's hospitalization.

"More than the industry's loss, this is my bigger personal loss. I was very close to him and we used to meet often. I used to go and see him. I was to make a documentary on him. But I didn't expect that he will leave us like this. Even at the age of 79, he was the representative of youth. His spirit was so young and youthful," Subhash Ghai told reporters.

"He even told me about his shooting for (grandnephew) Ranbir Kapoor's film 'Rockstar', for which he shot sometime back. He was so excited, he explained each and everything to me. He was looking forward to the movie," he added.

Kareena, who is Shammi Kapoor's elder brother, Raj Kapoor's granddaughter, came along with her beau Saif Ali Khan. Among other family members were his nephews Randhir Kapoor and Rishi Kapoor who came with wife Neetu and his brother Shashi Kapoor.

Others spotted were Kajol, Farhan Akhtar, aamir Khan, Karan Johar, Rani Mukerji, Vinod Khanna, Bobby Deol and Imtiaz Ali.

"I was really fortunate to get his blessing and to get close to him and work with him. He is irreplaceable," a visibly emotional Imtiaz Ali said.