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Bollywood actor Shashi Kapoor dies aged 79

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MUMBAI — Veteran Bollywood actor Shashi Kapoor — a star of 1970s Indian cinema — died on Monday in Mumbai after a long illness, his family said. He was 79.

The multiple award-winning actor died at a hospital in Mumbai on Monday evening, his nephew Randhir Kapoor told the Press Trust of India news agency. His nephew Mohit Marwah confirmed the news on Twitter.

Kapoor was reportedly battling old age-related problems and under constant medical supervision.

Shashi — the youngest son of Prithviraj Kapoor, a pioneer of Hindi film and theater — appeared in more than 175 films, winning over fans with his charm and suave good looks.

His most memorable roles were in such films as ‘Jab Jab Phool Khile’ (Whenever The Flowers Bloom, 1965), ‘Kabhi Kabhie’ (Sometimes, 1976), and ‘Kalyug’ (Age of Downfall, 1981). He had aslo produced several hit films like Junoon, Kalyug, Vijeta and Utsav.

Apart from directing 1991 Amitabh Bachchan-starrer Ajooba, Shashi Kapoor also directed a Russian movie Vozvrashcheniye Bagdadskogo Vora in 1988.

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Shashi Kapoor was honoured with the coveted Padmabhushan by the government of India in 2011.

He was also adored for his role opposite Bollywood veteran Amitabh Bachchan in the hit movie ‘Deewaar’ (The Wall, 1975) in which he delivered one of Hindi cinema’s most famous lines — ‘Mere paas maa hai’ (I have a mother).

Tributes poured in from the world of Indian cinema and politics following news of Kapoor’s death.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted that he was “saddened” by Kapoor’s death. “His brilliant acting will be remembered by generations to come,“” wrote Modi.

“Shashi uncle was not only a great star and a passionate filmmaker, but also a wonderful human being. His work has always given Indian audiences great joy,” Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan said in a statement posted on Twitter.

Kapoor was born in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata in 1938. He began his career early, assisting in his father’s traveling theater company and appearing on stage in a production of ‘Shakuntala,’ a classic Hindu love story, at the age of six.

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Kapoor was among the first Indian actors to work abroad, with roles in Merchant Ivory films such as “The Householder” (1963), “Heat and Dust” (1983) and “Shakespeare Wallah” (1965).

In 1958, Kapoor married English actress Jennifer Kendal. They had three children together. Kendal died of cancer aged just 51 in 1984.

He is survived by three children, Kunal Kapoor, Sanjana Kapoor and Karan Kapoor.

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Egyptian pop singer jailed over music video inciting debauchery

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CAIRO — An Egyptian pop singer has been sentenced to two years in prison for ‘inciting debauchery’ in a racy music video clip.

A court in Cairo on Tuesday sentenced a little-known 21-year-old singer, Shyma Ahmed to two years in prison and fined 10,000 pounds ($560) for ‘inciting debauchery’ over a racy music video clip, a judicial source said.

The director of the clip, Mohamed Gamal, also received the same sentence. Both can appeal the ruling.

Shyma was arrested on November 18, police said, following complaints about the video for her song ‘I Have Issues.’ In the video, she appears in a mock classroom licking an apple and appearing to mimic fellatio on a banana in front of a chalkboard scrawled with ‘Class #69.’

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“Singer Shyma presents a lesson in depravity to youths,” said the Youm 7 newspaper in an article after the video was released. In a Facebook post at the time, Shyma apologized for the video and said she had not anticipated the backlash.

“I didn’t imagine all this would happen and that I would be subjected to such a strong attack from everyone, as a young singer… who has dreamt from a young age of being a singer,” she wrote.

The authorities have cracked down on some artists in Egypt using wide-ranging morality laws.

In 2015, a court jailed a female dancer to a year in prison for “inciting debauchery” in a raunchy music video for a song called ‘Let Go of My Hand.’

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