Bollywood mourns Death of Sadashiv Amrapurkar

Mumbai, Nov 03: Entire Bollywood mourned the loss of its "fine villain" Sadashiv Amrapurkar, who passed away early Monday at a hospital here. He was 64. The Veteran actor is known for his strong performances in negative roles in movies like "Sadak", "Ishq" and "Ardh Satya".

Sadashiv breathed his last at 2.45 am the Kokilaben Dhirbubhai Ambani Hospital in Mumbai. He was on life support ventilator. He was undergoing treatment for interstitial lung disease.

Born as Ganesh Kumar Narwode, the actor made a mark on theatre as well as the silver screen with his spine-chilling performances in negative roles in 1974.  He began his career in acting in theatre. He has directed and acted in nearly 50 plays. He got his first onscreen break in the Marathi film 22 June 1897 where he played Bal Gangadhar Tilak. "Ardh Satya" of Govind Nihlani was his debut in Hindi film industry. He left a remarkable impression in Bollywood with his acting prowess. The actor moved on to comic roles in the 90s and worked in "Aankhen", "Aunty No 1" and several other films. His last onscreen appearance was in Bombay Talkies where he did a cameo in the short film by Dibakar Banerjee.

Sadashiv was also the first actor to receive the Filmfare award for 'Best Performance in a Negative Role' for his portrayal of Maharani, an evil eunuch running a brothel, in the Sanjay Dutt-starrer Sadak in 1991.

The film industry lost a fine actor with his loss and his place will remain vacant forever. From mega star Amitabh Bachchan to media person Rajdeep Sardesai took to Twitter expressing their condolences.

Amitabh Bachchan tweeted, "Waking up in Kolkata to the sad news of the passing away of Sadasiv Amrapurkar...a colleague and a gifted talent...prayers! When a colleague suddenly passes away there is a sudden vacuum, of times spent together, of acknowledgement of their work.

"I am so saddened to know about the demise of a fine human being & a wonderful actor Sadashiv Amrapurkar. He was a kind & a learned man. RIP", posted actor Anupam Kher.

Madhur Bhandarkar: "An effortless actor, Sadashivji had his own style & always brought something unique to the table. We have lost a genuine human being. RIP. Saddened to hear about the demise of #SadashivAmrapurkar. I had the privilege of working with him in my debut film Trishakti".

Pooja Bhatt: "Sadashiv Amrapurkar, the most relevant villain after Gabbar Singh is gone...reminds me yet again that life is too short. Love hard. Love more".

"One of the finest actors of our time, Sadashiv Amrapurkar has passed away. RIP", tweeted Rajdeep Sardesai today.

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