Noted Marathi film and stage actor Nilu Phule passed away at a hospital here on Sunday night.
Phule was suffering from cancer.
The 77-year-old Phule is survived by his wife and a daughter.
Born in Pune in 1931, Phule made a mark in theatre and both Marathi and Hindi films.
His role as a corrupt politician in Jabbar Patel's Marathi film Saamna and a similar negative role in Mahesh Bhatt's Hindi film Saransh, are memorable among several others.
Phule was associated with progressive, social movements in Maharashtra from his childhood.. He was a dedicated follower of the late socialist leader Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia.