Known for playing villainous roles in Bollywood, Sadashiv Dattaray Amarapurkar in his real life was a philanthropist and social activist. This talented actor acted in more than 300 movies in Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Oriya, Haryanvi, Telugu and Tamil. In his long career he won a number of prestigious awards including Filmfare award for “Ardh Satya” and “Sadak”. His demise on 3 November 2014 left many with teary eyes.
Best remembered for the role of Mahrani, a transgender villain, in 1991 hit film Sadak, Sadashiv Amarapurkar was a people's man and an extremely evolved and versatile actor who knew exactly how to capture the emotions of a character. He will be forever remembered for bringing villains on par with the heroes.
Born as Ganesh Kumar Narwode in a Maharashtrian Brahmin family in 1956, he adopted the name Sadashiv in 1974. Fondly called Tatya by his family and close family members he grew up in Ahmednagar with his parents and a younger brother. Sadashiv Amarapurkar was married to Sunanda Karmarkar. His daughter Reema Amarapurkar made her debut as a director through Marathi feature film.
Sadashiv Amrapurkar always had inclination towards theatres that ultimately paved his way to films. During his younger days, Amrapurkar actively participated in plays in school and college. He got break in Bollywood when Govind Nihalani offered him the role of Rama Shetty - a villainous characted in Ardha Satya. He lived the role as expected and won his first Filmfare Award. After this there was no stopping. He worked in all genres of movies from horror like Purana Mandir to sensitive Nasoor and action packed Hukumat. He remained a hot choice for villainous roles and starred in many movies of 90's like Eeshwar, Mohre, Elaan-E-Jung, Naaka Bandi, Begunaah and many more.
He repeated the success of Aradh Satya with the cult character of Mahrani, a ruthless eunuch, in 1991 hit film Sadak. His dialogue, "Yahan ka raja, is jism ke bazaar ka maharaja, aur naam, maharani", from Sadak remains unforgettable. The noted actor worked with almost every banner and big names of Bollywood. Sadashiv Amrapurkar carved a niche not only in the villainous roles but also in supporting roles and comic roles. His comic role as Inspector Pyare Mohan in Ankhen is remembered till date. In his long successful career he was recipient of two Filmfare awards. His last Hindi screen role was a cameo in the short film by Dibakar Banerjee, Bombay Talkies (2012).
Sadashiv Amrapurkar in real life was totally different. A soft speaking person he remained associated with number of social welfare organisations like Andhashraddha Nirmulan Samiti, Snehalaya in Ahmednagar, Lokshahi Prabodhan Vyaspeeth and many others. From creating funds to support the social workers to fighting for the cause of HIV/AIDS patients he supported all. He was also part of Narmada Bachao Andolan alongside Medha Patkar.In March 2013, he protested against the water waste during Holi for which he was attacked.
Honors and Awards
1984: won: Best Supporting Actor: Ardh Satya
1988: nominated: Best Villain for Kaal Chakra
1991: won: Best Villain: Sadak
1998: nominated: Best Villain for Ishq
Illness and Death
Indian cinema suffered a great loss with the sad demise of veteran actor. Admitted due to a lung infection at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital in Mumbai he breathed his last on 3 November 2014 at the age of 64 years.
Death of Sadashiv Amrapurkar was mourned by wide spectre of people raging from Bollywood to politicians and common man. Many famous personalities took Twitter to pay condolences to the departed soul.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi : " We will remember Sadashiv Amrapurkar as a versatile actor, popular across generations. RIP. My deepest condolences to his family.(sic)".
Amitabh Bachchan : T 1664 - Waking up in Kolkata to the sad news of the passing away of Sadasiv Amrapurkar .. a colleague and a gifted talent .. prayers !!
T 1664 - When a colleague suddenly passes away there is a sudden vacuum, of times spent together, of acknowledgement of their work ..
Anupam Kher : 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
Pooja Bhatt : Sadashiv Amrapurkar,the most relevant villain after Gabbar Singh is gone...reminds me yet again that life is too short.Love hard. Love more.
Esha Gupta : Rip sir Sadashiv Amrapurkar,you've been a legend.remember watching sadak and only seeing you.sure you in a better place now
Kunal Kohli : #SadashivAmrapurkar ‘s portrayal of #Maharani in #Sadak rates as one of the best by a villain ever in Hindi cinema RIP
Milap Zaveri : RIP Sadashiv Amrapurkar. A great and talented actor be it comedy or Villainy. His "Maharani"in #Sadak will always be legendary
Rajdeep Sardesai : One of the finest actors of our time, Sadashiv Amrapurkar has passed away. RIP
Dr Kumar Vishvas : RIP The real Star-Actor SadaShiv Amrapurkar,the Hero of "Sadak"
Gifted actors like Sadashiv Amrapurkar though not now in this world will continue to inspire generations to come with his body of work that made him a memorable figure in the league of Bollywood icons.
Spouse : Sunanda Amarapurkar
Children : Reema Amarapurkar
(FAN OF Shri SADASHIV DATTARAY AMARAPURKAR)
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