Mumbai, Aug.15 (ANI):Bollywood is grief-stricken over the demise of veteran actor Shammi Kapoor who passed away at a Mumbai hospital on Sunday morning.
The 79-year-old actor passed away at Breach Candy Hospital following chronic renal failure.
Megastar Amitabh Bachchan described the demise of Kapoor as the "Joie de vivre of the industry is lost".
"Shammi Kapoorji passed away this morning at 5:15 a.m. ..Rushing there now .. the flamboyance and joie de vivre'of the industry lost!," Bachchan said on a micro-blogging site Twitter.
"An entire life full of optimism and happy spirit, caring loving to all ... Now suddenly silent," he said.
Kapoor debuted in Bollywood in 1953 with 'Jeevan Jyoti' and went on to deliver hits like Dil Deke Dekho, Junglee, Professor, China Town, Kashmir Ki Kali, Teesri Manzil, An Evening in Paris, Bramhachari and 'Vidhaata' among others.
Filmmaker Karan Johar tweeted, "One of finest and strongest men I knew... we will truly miss you Shammi uncle... RIP...."
"Sometimes no amount of kind words can compensate for a loss! bhole baba ki jai shammi maharajji.. he was our guruji.. im at a loss.. nothing will ever fill the void u have left. im sorry i didnt try RESSEE.. but wil do.. only for u.. RIP (sic)," actress Priyanka Chopra said on the micro-blogging site.
"Shammi Kapoor ji was one of d 1st Youth Icons from Cinema. He liberated actors from being stereotypes. Will miss his STYLE and SUBSTANCE (sic)," said actor Anupam Kher.
"The great iconic Shammi Kapoor who defined an era n influenced music, dance n song even today has passed away, leaving a hollow void," tweeted filmmaker Shekhar Kapur.
Deepika Padukone, who was asked out on a date via Twitter by Shammi last year, posted, "He was an inspiration not just for his style and the films he did, but also his attitude towards life... we will miss you Shammi uncle..."
"Mr Shammi Kapoor. Never before - Never again. Thank you for the wonderful cinematic memories and life lessons. RIP," tweeted actor-director Farhan Akhtar.
"Sad to hear the demise of Shammiji, the YAHOO of Indian Cinema. Ur charmful exuberance and full of life style will forever be missed by all of us, RIP" filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar said on Twitter.
"Tremendous entertainer. Also one of the first champions of internet in India. RIP Shammi Kapoor. Shammi ji no one can take the place of all the "Yahoos" of our Indian hearts who loved u .. u will be missed deeply by us all," tweeted actress Celina Jaitly.
"Another legend passes away..Shammiji Kapoor..such a jovial and positive person..had the good fortune of interacting with him..rest in peace," actor Aftab Shivdasani tweeted.
"Deeply saddened at Shammi Kapoor's passing away. So full of life and energy on screen now no more, we loved you so much..may you rest in peace," actress Tisca Chopra said.
"Mr. Shammi Kapoor, RIP. You danced like nobody was watching," music director-singer Vishal Dadlani tweeted.
"RIP SHAMMI KAPOOR- the most stylish actor ever- we love you n we will miss you," actor Riteish Deshmukh said.
"What a legacy of great music was associated with Shammiji," singer Shreya Ghoshal said.
"RIP Shammi Ji. . End of a legend," posted actor R Madhavan.
Well known radio presenter Amin Sayani said: "He had a double kind of personality in his acting as well as in his personal life. He was full of life and verve and zest and go. And he could jump and sing and enjoy himself but at the same time he had a soft touch, he had a soft heart and he could do both kinds of roles quite easily."
"He will be always remembered by all his antics, all his dhoom dham dhadaka (fun) but also for his softness in romance. He could really win any girl's heart over I am sure and he did, two beautiful ladies he married. The first of course could not live, the second stood by him right till the end," he added.
Actor Tinu Anand said: "Amazing actor who had his own style, not only in dancing but in his music also. One could recognise a Shammi Kapoor's film by just listening to the music because he had this fantastic tuning. His contribution to music also I believe was perfect when he sat with music director, Pancham da (R D Burman)." (ANI)