Veteran actor Sadashiv Amrapurkar dies at 64
Veteran actor Sadashiv Amrapurkar passed away due to complications from a lung infection at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital in Mumbai. Amrapurkar is known for his stellar performance in Sadak, Ishq and Ardh Satya. He was especially well known for his villainous roles, and later his comedic roles. He has done roles in mainly Marathi and Hindi movies, though he established his presence in various other regional movies. He was very active during the 1980s and 1990s. Since the 2000s, he has starred only in one movie, Bombay Talkies. He has also been a recipient of multiple Filmfare Awards.
Some other key facts about Amrapurkar are:-
- Amrapurkar was born as Ganesh Kumar Narwode in Ahmednagar on 11 May 1950
- While completing his Masters in History at Pune University, he was already pursuing his passion in theatre. He adopted the stage name Sadashiv Amrapurkar in 1974.
- Initially, he worked in theatre as well as the silver screen.
- He began his acting career in theatre where he directed and acted in nearly fifty plays.
- He made his movie debut in a Marathi film ‘22 June 1897’ where he portrayed Bal Gangadhar Tilak. His Bollywood debut was in Govind Nihalani’s Ardh Satya.
- Since then, he has acted in over 300 movies in Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Oriya, and Telugu languages.
- He was the first actor to receive the newly instituted Filmfare Award for ‘Best Performance in a Negative Role’ for his portrayal of Maharani, an evil eunuch, in the movie Sadak in 1991. His other Filmfare Award includes Best Supporting Actor for Ardh Satya in 1984. He was also nominated for Best Villain for Kaal Chakra in 1988 and Best Villain for Ishq in 1998.
- His last onscreen appearance was in Bombay Talkies where he did a cameo in the portion filmed by Dibakar Banerjee.
- He is survived by his wife, Sunanda Amarapurkar, three children and three grandchildren.