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On Ekadashi when the moon was full and people of India were getting ready for the colorful festival of Holi Twitter killed a star.

Shashi Kapoor, the youngest son of theatre and film actor Prithviraj Kapoor and Ramsarni “Rama” Mehra Kapoor is an Bollywood film actor and film producer.  A member of the Kapoor family, a film dynasty in India’s Bollywood cinema Shashi Kapoor is the younger brother of late actors Raj and Shammi Kapoor. All three Kapoor brothers were stars in their own right, and had long and illustrious careers.

Sanjay Suresh Chavak Sr. Manager at Supreme Petrochem commented on Facebook,

“People blindly believe what they receive on Social media and forward it without checking its authenticity. They don’t care for others feelings. Celebrities are also human beings and have same feelings as we have for our beloved ones. So everyone is expected to use these instruments carefully.”

Shashi Kapoor  has three children, Kunal, Karan and Sanjana. Shashi’s daughter Sanjana was the first woman in the Kapoor family to act. Sanjana is married to wildlife conservationist Valmik Thapar. Kunal the eldest is married to director Ramesh Sippy’s daughter and is in the field of ad film direction. He established his production house Adfilm-Valas which is today extremely successful. Karan became successful in modelling and later settled down in London. He is an accomplished photographer.

Born in Calcutta Shashi Kapoor started acting in films as a child in the late 1940s, appearing in commercial films including Sangram (1950), Dana Paani (1953) under the name of Shashiraj as there was another actor by the same name who used to act in mythological films as child artiste. His best known performances as child artist were in Aag (1948) and Awaara(1951), where he played the younger version of the characters played by his older brother Raj Kapoor and in Sangram (1950), where he played younger version of Ashok Kumar. He worked in four Hindi films as a child artist from 1948 to 1954.

He retired from the film industry by late 1990s and had not appeared in any film ever since. His last and most recent film appearances were in Jinnah (1998), a biographical film of Mohammed Ali Jinnah in which he was the narrator and another Merchant Ivory production titled Side Streets (1998). He was seen in the limelight at the Shashi Kapoor Film Festival held in Muscat, Oman (September 2007). At the 55th Annual Filmfare Awards, Shashi Kapoor received the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award.In 2015,Shashi Kapoor received the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, the highest honour in Indian Cinema.

The Nightingale of India, Lata Mangeshkar who has been a repeated victim of these Twitter deaths has learnt to laugh off these rumours, except that they affect the people close to the person who is declared dead.

Says Lataji, “Such rumours only add to the life of the person who is killed by rumour-mongers. I truly wonder who spreads such strange rumours! It must have been someone completely drunk. In this era of quick and bulk communication anyone can send a vicious SMS about anyone and spark off an ugly rumour. Do such people realize how disturbed people get by these rumours?”

Vandana Kumar

Vandana Kumar is a publishing executive with a 35-year track record in the industry. She leads the India Currents Foundation as President and CEO. As a new immigrant, she co-founded India Currents magazine...