Marathi and Bollywood actor Sadashiv Amrapurkar passed away at suburban Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani hospital on 2.45 am Monday (November 3) morning after battling with lung infection for over a fortnight.
According to hospital sources, Sadashiv Amrapurkar was put on ventilator support and had been in a critical condition for the past few days. The 64-year-old actor was admitted to the hospital two weeks ago.
The actor had worked in movies like Ishq, Aankhen, Gupt and several others.
“His cremation will take place in his hometown Ahmed Nagar tomorrow. Today his body will be kept at the Bhaidas Auditorium for the people to pay their last respect,” his daughter said.
Sadashiv Amrapurkar is survived by his wife and three daughters.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also condoled the death of veteran actor Sadashiv Amrapurkar, who he says, will be remembered for his versatility.
“We will remember Sadashiv Amrapurkar as a versatile actor, popular across generations. RIP. My deepest condolences to his family,” read a post on Modi’s Twitter handle @narendramodi.
With strong roots in rural and Marathi theatre, Sadashiv Amrapurkar made his film debut with Govind Nihalani’s acclaimed Ardh Satya in 1983. His performance in the film as a local mafia don won him several awards.
Having established his acting credentials with the film, Amrapurkar went on to have a thriving career in both offbeat and Hindi commercial films for nearly two decades.
He often essayed negative characters, in films such as Hukumat. But his performance in Mahesh Bhatt’s Sadak is considered the most memorable where he played Maharani, a eunuch who heads a brothel in Mumbai’s red light area.
Working closely with David Dhawan in the ’90s, Amrapurkar went on to essay several comic roles in the director’s films starring Govinda, such as Coolie No 1 and Aankhen and came to be known also for his comic timing.
By early 2000s, when Bollywood’s landscape changed, the actor was hardly seen in any big-ticket Hindi films and mostly stuck to Marathi films.