Sadashiv Amrapurkar

11 May 1950 | Taurus

Actor

Actress

Sadashiv Amrapurkar

One of the most revered actors in the industry, Sadashiv Amrapurkar worked in over 300 films in his career that spanned over almost four decades. The actor, director and theatre artist was also an active philanthropist and social activist who was closely associated with various causes and actively promoted the development of rural areas.

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Filmography

1 June 2009Tulsi
Annoying Foster Father

2006Aatma
Advocate Khurana

28 October 1997Ishq
Ranjit Rai

20 December 1996Ajay
Lala

19 April 1996Jung
Chakradhari Choudhry

20 October 1995Yaraana
Beggar / Mungarilal

15 September 1995Sanjay
Political Leader

28 April 1995The Don
Minister Parsuram

12 August 1994Aag
Bholaram

1 July 1994Mohra
Kamdev Kulkarni

21 May 1993Hasti
Narang

9 April 1993Aankhen
Inspector Pyare Mohan

3 December 1991Sadak
Maharani

1 September 1989Lashkar
Inspector More

1987Mohre
Badrinath 'Badri' Chawla / Vasu Mudaliar

27 March 1987Hukumat
Deenbandhu Deenanath (DBDN)

20 June 1986Muddat
Bharti's Father

28 May 1985Nasoor
Raosaheb Mohite

18 January 1988Sila

Biography

One of the most revered actors in the industry, Sadashiv worked in over 300 films in his career that spanned over almost four decades. The actor, director and theatre artist was also an active philanthropist and social activist who was closely associated with various causes and actively promoted the development of rural areas. Sadashiv Dattaray Amrapurkar was born as Ganesh Kumar Narwade in 1950 in Ahmednagar, Maharashtra. Growing up in a Maharashtrian Brahmin family, he started acting while he was still in school. While completing his masters in history from Pune University, he joined theatre and also worked for various social causes, a passion that he would continue till his last days. Though he got his movie breakthrough in 1975 in the Marathi feature film, Aamras, Sadashiv Amrapurkar had to wait till 1979 for his first high profile role; as Bal Gangadhar Tilak in a biopic on the great man. He continued to feature in Marathi films made by his production company, Anjana Arts. His role in the Marathi play, Hands Up!, brought him to the notice of director Govind Nihalani, who was casting for his soon-to-be-cult classic, Ardh Satya (1983). Sadashiv Amrapurkar’s turn as the evil Rama Shetty in the movie established him as one of the leading villains of Hindi cinema and earned him the Filmfare Award for the best supporting actor. After featuring in smaller productions in the interim, Sadashiv Amrapurkar appeared as the lead antagonist in the Dharmendra-starrer, Hukumat, in 1987. The movie even managed to outdo the year’s most high profile movie, Mr.India. It was alongside Dharmendra in Sadak in 1991 that Sadashiv Amrapurkar played his most iconic role. His eunuch act in the movie even won him the newly instituted Filmfare Award for the Best Villain. He gradually moved towards comedy and even when he portrayed negative roles, it would have a touch of humour to it. He went on to appear in popular films like Aankhen (1993), Mohra (1994), Sabse Bada Khiladi (1995), Gupt: The Hidden Truth (1997), Ishq (1997) and Kachche Dhaage (1999). In more recent times, he was seen in supporting roles in movies like Tumko Na Bhool Paayenge (2002), Tulsi (2009), Khuda Kasam (2010) and Bombay Talkies (2013). He acted in over 300 films in various languages like Marathi, Odia, Bengali, Telugu and Tamil. Apart from films, Sadashiv had also directed and acted in many plays. Throughout his life, he was associated with various social causes and organizations like Andhashraddha Nirmulan Samiti, Narmada Bachao Andolan and Snehalaya and also came out in support of Anna Hazare in 2011. He also wrote articles and published books on social causes and advocated the development of the rural youth. In October, 2014, he developed a lung inflammation which caused his death, a month later. He is survived by his writer wife Sheena Amrapurkar, three daughters and three son-in-laws.

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