Marathi actor Vinay Apte, popular for his roles in Madhur Bhandarkar films, died at a city hospital in Mumbai. He was 62 and the cause of death was multiple organ failure and secondary to acute coronary syndrome. Apte was a very famous name in Mumbai's Marathi theatre circle and was a part of the prominent cast of films like Satyagraha, Aarakshan and Jogwa.
Having started his career with acting in Marathi plays, Vinay Apte gradually moved on to direction before entering into movies. His directorial debut was penned by the legendary writer, Vijay Tendulkar. Apte was a familiar face for Marathi audience as he was featured in many popular Marathi films such as Ai Shappath, Jogwa and Mohan Aawatey. Apart from films and theatre, he was also featured in television serials like "Adalat" , "Madhubala-Ek Ishq Ek Junoon" and "Durva". Apte is survived by his wife.
Madhur Bhandarkar who gave Apte a platform to display his talent expressed his grief through twitter. The Chandni Bar director said that he is shocked and shattered to hear the news of his untimely demise. The filmmaker further wrote,"Vinay had worked with me in Chandni Bar, Corporate and Traffic Signal," Bollywood actor Manoj Bajpai, who also comes from the world of Marathi theatre, expressed his grief through twitter by writing "Oh god! Just heard that famous theatre and film actor Vinay Apteji is no more. May his family get all the strength to bear this massive loss!" Director Prakash Jha with whom Apte worked in three films also expressed shock over his death. He is survived by his wife.