Mumbai: Veteran theatre actor-director Dinesh Thakur, known for his character roles in Hindi films of the 70s, passed away here today after prolonged illness. He was suffering from kidney ailments, and died at a suburban Andheri hospital, family sources said. He was 65 and is survived by actor-wife Prita Mathur.
Dinesh Thakur has several acclaimed films like Mere Apne, Rajanigandha and Ghar to his credit. He headed a theatre group called ANK Productions for the last three decades. His oldest and still popular theatre production is 'Jis Lahore Nahi Dekhya'. He had showcased his play Rang Bajrang at the Prithvi and Tata theatres in April last year. He was a noted Indian theatre director, actor in theatre, television.
The multi-faceted star has appeared as one of the leads in Basu Chatterjee directed Hindi film Rajnigandha (1974), which won both Filmfare Best Movie Award and the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Movie. He appeared in character roles in several Hindi films like Parinay, Faslah, Kalicharan, Karm, Madhu Malti, Naiyya and many others.
Dinesh Thakur was also a screenwriter and story writer. He is known for writing the story and screenplay of Ghar (1978), which won him the 1979 Filmfare Best Story Award. His sudden death has shocked many in the industry. His last rites will be held this evening at the Oshiwara crematorium.