Veteran Bollywood actor Sadashiv Amrapurkar who is known for his stellar performances in villainous roles in movies like Sadak, Ishq and Ardh Satya, died on Monday morning at the Kokilaben Dhirbubhai Ambani Hospital in Mumbai.
Reema Amrapurkar, Sadashiv's daughter, had earlier said that the actor was on life support ventilator, in a critical condition. Reema is a director and her short film Janani was screened at Cannes Film festival, 2010. Based on female foeticide and sex determination, Janani was adjudged the best short film at International Film Festival of India, 2009, which was held in Goa.
Born as Ganesh Kumar Narwode, the actor adopted the stage name Sadashiv Amrapurkar in 1974 and made a mark on theatre as well as the silver screen with his spine-chilling performances in negative roles. The 64-year-old actor is best known for his performances in Sadak and Ardh Satya. His performance in Ardh Satya (1983) as don Rama Shetty won him the Filmfare award for Best Supporting Actor. 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.
Amrapurkar began his acting career in theatre where directed and acted in nearly fifty plays. Sadashiv got his first onscreen break in Marathi film 22 June 1897 in which he played Bal Gangadhar Tilak. It was Govind Nihlani's Ardh Satya that gave Amrapurkar his first Hindi onscreen appearance. He left a remarkable impression 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.
From Amitabh Bachchan to Rajdeep Sardesai, celebrities took to Twitter to extend their condolences:
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— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPkher) November 3, 2014
T 1664 - Waking up in Kolkata to the sad news of the passing away of Sadasiv Amrapurkar .. a colleague and a gifted talent .. prayers !!— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) November 3, 2014
One of the finest actors of our time, Sadashiv Amrapurkar has passed away. RIP— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) November 3, 2014