Mumbai: Veteran actor Sadashiv Amarpurkar, who was hospitalised at the Kokilabein Dhirubai Ambani Hospital here with lung infection, passed away Sunday, his daughter Rima Amrapurkar confirmed.
“He passed away at 2.45 in the night (Sunday night),” Rima Amapurkar told IANS.
The actor known for his stellar performances in villainous roles in movies like Sadak, Ishq and Ardh Satya adopted the stage name Sadashiv Amrapurkar in 1974 and made a mark on theatre as well as the silver screen.
His performance in Ardh Satya (1983) as don Rama Shetty won him the Filmfare award for Best Supporting Actor. Amrapurkar 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.
“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.
Amrapurkar 64, is survived by his wife and three daughters.
Social media was filled with tributes for the actor. From Mahesh Bhatt to Rajdeep Sardesai, celebrities took to Twitter to extend their condolences:
Goodbye Sadashiv Amrapurkar you made a difference to my life. What would SADAK be without ‘Maharani’. Thank you dost.
— Mahesh Bhatt (@MaheshNBhatt) November 3, 2014
One of the finest actors of our time, Sadashiv Amrapurkar has passed away. RIP
— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) November 3, 2014
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
Sadashiv amrapurkar’death is a great loss. He was an active supporter of AAP. May his soul RIP. Heartfelt condolences to bereaved family
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) November 3, 2014
— Raajpal Yadav (@raajpal_yadav) November 3, 2014
Actor Sadashiv Amrapurkar passes away. RIP. He brought life to all his characters…#Bollywood
— Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) November 3, 2014
Rip Sadashiv Amrapurkarji- a great actor & a super human being. I was looking fwd to working with him in @Bankchor. Miss you sir.
— Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) November 3, 2014
Rip sir Sadashiv Amrapurkar,you’ve been a legend.remember watching sadak and only seeing you.sure you in a better place now
— Esha Gupta (@eshagupta2811) November 3, 2014