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End of an era… Shashi Kapoor passes away at 79 following prolonged illness

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Veteran actor-producer and Bollywood icon Shashi Kapoor, the romantic screen icon of the 70s and early 80s, died on Monday 4th december at a hospital in Mumbai. He was 79.

Shashi Kapoor’s nephew and actor Randhir Kapoor confirmed the news of his death. Shashi had a kidney problem and was on dialysis for several years.

Born in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata in 1938 Shashi was the third and youngest son of Prithviraj Kapoor who was a pioneer of Hindi film and theatre.

He was He began his career early, assisting in his father's travelling theatre company and appearing on stage in a production of ‘Shakuntala’, a classic Hindu love story, at the tender age of six.

His Bollywood career also began in childhood and he grew into a matinee idol, appearing in more than 150 films and winning over fans with his charm and suave good looks.

He debuted as a leading man in ‘Dharmputra’ in 1961, and 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).

ILLNESS: Shashi Kapoor had been suffering from a kidney ailment for a number of years and was on dialysis

ILLNESS: Shashi Kapoor had been suffering from a kidney ailment for a number of years and was on dialysis

 

Shashi won several national film awards and was awarded the Padma Bhushan civilian honour by the Indian government in 2011.

He also appeared in several English-language films, including several Merchant Ivory productions, such as The Householder, Shakespeare Wallah, Bombay Talkie, and Heat and Dust.

Shashi's eldest brother Raj Kapoor, who died in 1988, was also a famous Hindi cinema actor. Randhir is Raj's son.

Married to Anglo-Indian theatre actress Jennifer Kendal, who died in 1984, and is survived by his sons Karan and Kunal, alongside daughter Sanjana.

“Shashi Uncle was not only a great star and a passionate filmmaker, but a wonderful human being. His work has always given Indian audiences great joy... His passing away is a sad day for all of us,” actor Aamir Khan tweeted.

CHOCOLTAE HERO: With his suave smooth looks and charming style, Shashi Kapoor swooned the hearts of millions in the 70s

CHOCOLTAE HERO: With his suave smooth looks and charming style, Shashi Kapoor swooned the hearts of millions in the 70s

 


 

Shashi Kapoor Filmography

1948 - "Aag" (child artist)

1950s

1950 - "Sangram" (child artist)

1951 - "Awaara" (child artist)

1961 - "Dharamputra"

1961 - "Char Diwari"

1962 - "Mehndi Lagi Mere Haath"

1962 - "Prem Patra"

1963 - "The Householder" (English film)

1963 - "Jab Se Tumhen Dekha Hai"

1963 - "Holiday in Bombay"

1963 - "Yeh Dil Kisko Doon"

1964 - "Benazir"

1965 - "Waqt"

1965 - "Mohabbat Isko Kehte Hain"

1965 - "Shakespeare Wallah" (English film)

1965 - "Jab Jab Phool Khile"

1966 - "Neend Hamari Khwab Tumhare"

1966 - "Biradari"

1966 - "Pyar Kiye Jaa"

1967 - "Aamne Samne"

1967 - "Dil Ne Pukara"

1967 - "Pretty Polly"

1968 - "Haseena Maan Jayegi"

1968 - "Kanyadaan"

1969 - "Pyar Ka Mausam"

1969 - "Ek Shrimaan Ek Shrimati"

1969 - "Raja Saab"

1969 - "Jahan Pyar Mile"

1970 - "Abhinetri"

1970 - "Bombay Talkie" (English film)

1970 - "Suhana Safar"

1970 - "My Love"

1971 - "Sharmilee"

1971 - "Patanga"

1972 - "Siddhartha" (English film)

1973 - "Aa Gale Lag Jaa"

1973 - "Naina"

1974 - "Mr. Romeo"

1974 - "Vachan"

1974 - "Roti Kapda Aur Makaan"

1974 - "Chor Machaye Shor"

1975 - "Deewaar"

1975 - "Salaakhen"

1975 - "Prem Kahani"

1975 - "Chori Mera Kaam"

1976 - "Kabhi Kabhie"

1976 - "Jai Bajrang Bali"

1976 - "Shankar Dada"

1976 - "Fakira"

1976 - "Deewaangee"

1976 - "Naach Uthe Sansaar"

1977 - "Farishta Ya Qatil"

1977 - "Immaan Dharam"

1977 - "Mukti"

1977 - "Hira Aur Patthar"

1977 - "Chor Sipahee"

1977 - "Doosra Aadmi"

1978 - "Trishul"

1978 - "Heeralal Pannalal"

1978 - "Apna Khoon"

1978 - "Satyam Shivam Sundaram"

1978 - "Junoon"

1978 - "Amar Shakti"

1978 - "Phaansi"

1978 - "Muqaddar"

1978 - "Trishna"

1979 - "Suhaag"

1979 - "Duniya Meri Jeb Mein"

1979 - "Kaala Patthar"

1980 - "Do Aur Do Paanch"

1980 - "Kali Ghata"

1980 - "Kalyug"

1980 - "Shaan"

1980 - "Swayamvar"

1981 - "Krodhi"

1981 - "Kranti"

1981 - "Silsila"

1981 - "Baseraa"

1981 - "Maan Gaye Ustaad"

1982 - "Vijeta"

1982 - "Namak Halaal"

1982 - "Sawaal"

1982 - "Heat and Dust" (English film)

1983 - "Ghungroo"

1983 - "Gehri Chot - Urf: Durdesh"

1983 - "Bandhan Kuchchey Dhaagon Ka"

1984 - "Pakhandi"

1984 - "Zameen Aasman"

1986 - "New Delhi Times"

1986 - "Swati"

1986 - "Ek Main Aur Ek Tu"

1986 - "Ilzaam"

1987 - "Sammy and Rosie Get Laid" (English film)

1987 - "Pyaar Ki Jeet"

1987 - "Ijaazat"

1987 - "Sindoor"

1987 - "Naam O Nishan"

1988 - "The Deceivers" (English film)

1989 - "Clerk"

1991 - "Akayla"

1993 - "In Custody"

1998 - "Jinnah" (English film)

1998 - "Side Streets" "English film"

 


 

Heart-wrenching plea to young drivers at funeral of 22-year-old Shumas Fakeer who died in car crash

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“I’ve lost my younger brother”

Mourners gathered in the hundreds at Jamiyat Tabligh-ul-Islam in Victor Street, Bradford for the heart-breaking funeral of Shumas Fakeer, a 22-year-old who died in a fatal car crash.

22-year-old Shumas, a law graduate with a bright future ahead of him, tragically passed away in a horrifying car accident last month. He was the passenger.

Hundreds of people crowded the mosque on Friday 3rd March and offered their support to his relatives who are still dealing with the shock of losing the youngest member of their family.

Now Shumas’s brother, Ahmed Ali, has pleaded to drivers to think about not only their and their passenger’s safety, but to also think about other drivers and pedestrians.

Says Ahmed: “We all need to learn from this.

“I’ve lost my younger brother Shamas Fakeer and I don’t want anyone to go through what me and my family are going through.

“May Allah (swt) grant my dear brother Shumas Fakeer Jannat-ul-Firdos, Ameen.” 

Shumas, of Frizinghall, Bradford, was a passenger in a blue Audi RS4 which collided with a tree and lamppost in Bradford Road, Bingley, shortly after 4 am on Sunday 26th February.

The funeral was not only an opportunity to say goodbye to Shumas, but for the Imam to warn against dangerous driving. He said: said: “Our brothers are driving high-powered, expensive cars, but that doesn’t mean in the city of Bradford we should drive them in such a way we are putting ourselves, other drivers, and pedestrians at stake.

“Shumas is not the only brother to die in these circumstances.

“Do you want to be the cause of a brother’s death? We need to not be selfish, and to think about the other people around us.”

The 24-year-old driver of the vehicle was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, along with two other men, aged 23 and 24, who were in the black Volkswagen Golf believed to have been travelling in tandem with the Audi at the time of the crash.

It is thought that the two cars travelled through Heaton and along Toller Lane, before heading into Cottingley and then Bingley, which is where the tragic accident occurred. All three of the men have been bailed pending further inquiries.

Those who knew Shumas have paid tribute to him, expressing their shock and sadness over the tragic events.


“In a real shock as to his sudden departure from this world. We've lost a very good brother, friend and family member.” Aqib Hassan (Friend)

“Words fail to express exactly how I am feeling right now. The local Frizinghall community is in absolute shock. A law graduate who had a bright future ahead - his father Haji Mohammad Fakeer is in pieces.” Adil Shaan (Relative)

A great loss – My duas are with the family of Haji Fakeer Saab. Khadim Hussain (President of JTI Victor St Mosque)


 

“RIP beautiful”: Tributes flood in for teenager who died in Rochdale crash

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CAR CRASH: Talaina was taken to hospital with major head injuries and died two days later

CAR CRASH: Talaina was taken to hospital with major head injuries and died two days later

A teenage girl has died two days after a horrific road crash in Rochdale on Monday 14th November.

Eighteen year old Talaina Hussain was sitting in the passenger’s front seat of a Peugeot 206 when it crashed into a wall in Rochdale on Monday evening.

The popular teenager was taken to hospital with major head injuries but lost her battle for life two days later.

Police are investigating the cause of the smash on Dewhirst Road, Syke, and are appealing for witnesses to get in contact.

In a sad twist of fate, it has come to light that Talaina was friends with Chloe Cockton, the 16-year-old who also died in a car crash in Rochdale in the summer.

Both girls went to St Cuthbert’s RC High School which has led a flood of tributes to Talaina, who was also known as Talaina Cullen.

REST IN PEACE: Talaina was a popular young woman whose loss has sent shockwaves through the local community

REST IN PEACE: Talaina was a popular young woman whose loss has sent shockwaves through the local community

A statement on the school’s Facebook page said: “Our school community are deeply saddened to hear of the death of Talaina Cullen.

Talaina is fondly remembered by us all and she will be deeply missed.

“We would like to offer the deepest of sympathy to Talaina’s family and friends as we remember them in our prayers.”

Dozens of Talaina’s family and friends have also written touching tributes to Talaina on social media websites.

One friend wrote: “All I can think of is your goofy laugh and them daft glasses. Always had us laughing, never a dull moment.”

Another friend posted: “So beautiful, rest easy.”

“So shocked by this horrible news, Talaina Hussain, taken away so soon. RIP beautiful.”

Another post said: “You will be missed unconditionally babe, left us all heart broken haven’t you? I hope you rest easy baby girl, miss you loads already.”

An online crowdfunding page has been set up to support the family and has already raised £3,550 of their £5,000 goal.

PC Dermot Murray, of GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “I would like to offer my most sincere condolences to the family of the young woman who has now sadly died.

“We have specially trained officers providing them with support at this extremely difficult time as they come to terms with their loss.

“We are still appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the collision or has dashcam footage to please contact us as we attempt to fully establish the circumstances leading up to the collision.”

Indian Minister dies in car crash

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Just eight days after Narendra Modi was welcomed as the new Prime Minister of India, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party has lost one of their top ranked allies, tasked with helping to revitalise the Indian economy.

Rural Development Minister Gopinath Munde died on Tuesday 3rd June after a road collision in New Delhi. The politician was on his way to the airport when his Sedan was hit by a car and he subsequently died from his injuries in hospital.

The 64-year-old’s body was brought to the party’s headquarters where dozens of supporters swarmed the flower-bedecked truck, with Modi laying a wreath whilst consoling the family.

“My tributes to a dynamic leader whose premature demise leaves a void hard to fill,” Modi said in a Tweet, amid a flurry of tributes from allies and political opponents. “Condolences to Munde's family. We stand by them in this hour of grief.”

India's roads are amongst the most dangerous in the world, and the capital, New Delhi, ranks near the top of cities that account for the most fatalities.

Modi had entrusted to Munde the crucial task of spearheading a battle on poverty in the countryside, home to more than half of India's population of 1.2billion, but which contributes just 14 percent of gross domestic product in Asia's third-largest economy.

FATAL: Gopinath Munde was seen as one of the most important figures in the BJP’s plans to encourage growth in the Indian economy

FATAL: Gopinath Munde was seen as one of the most important figures in the BJP’s plans to encourage growth in the Indian economy

The minister was sitting in the back of his Maruti SX4 sedan when it was hit on the side by a Tata Indica saloon, whose driver, police said, remained in custody. Munde's driver and a personal assistant survived.

Doctors tried to revive Munde for 50 minutes after he was taken to the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences in the capital, a hospital spokesman said, adding: “There was no spontaneous breathing, no pulse, no cardiac activity.”

India is the world's capital of road deaths, thanks to a lethal brew of poor road planning, weak law enforcement, a surge in trucks and cars, and a flood of untrained drivers.

More than 230,000 people were killed on Indian roads in 2010, at a rate of almost 19 deaths per 100,000 people. As many as 15 people died in road accidents every hour in India in 2012 with 53 injured in the same period, the National Crime Records Bureau says.

Munde becomes at least the third senior Indian politician to die in a car crash in recent times. The Congress party's Rajesh Pilot, a former transport minister, was killed in 2000, and Sahib Singh Verma, a former BJP labour minister, in 2007.