Marathi theatre actor Sagar Shantaram Chougule died on Friday night after suffering a cardiac arrest while performing a drama on stage.
Sagar (38) fainted when he was delivering a dialogue, sending co-artistes and audience into panic. He was rushed to a hospital where he was declared dead.
The actor, who hails from Kolhapur, is survived by his mother, wife and a daughter.
His body will be taken to Kolhapur on Saturday.
This is the second time when an artiste died in Pune while performing on stage. Eminent Marathi actor and dancer Ashwini Ekbote died while performing on stage at Bharat Natya Mandir in Pune in October last year.
Sagar and his team had come to Pune to participate in a drama competition. They were performing “Agnidivya”, a Marathi drama based on the life of social reformer Shahu Maharaj. Sagar was playing the lead role of Shahu Maharaj in the play.
Sagar’s father also used to work for Marathi theatre and movies.