Popular Marathi actor Navnath Gaikwad passed away on May 6, 2021, due to COVID-19 complications. The actor had reportedly been admitted to a hospital in Mumbai, where he breathed his last while undergoing coronavirus treatment. Gaikwad had featured in historical dramas Fatteshikast and Farzand, directed by Digpal Lanjekar.
The director took to Facebook and expressed grief over Navnath Gaikwad's tragic demise, calling him a very talented and hard-working actor. Digpal Lanjekar's Facebook post read, "फर्जंद आणि फत्तेशिकस्त मध्ये काम केलेल्या नवनाथ गायकवाड या एका अत्यंत गुणी आणि मेहनती कलाकाराचे कोरोनामुळे दुःखद निधन झाले. त्याच्या आत्म्यास सद्गती लाभो ही ईश्वरचरणी प्रार्थना.."
Navnath Gaikwad's demise is indeed a big loss to the Marathi industry. A few days ago, Mulshi Pattern actor Amol Dhavade and popular actress Abhilasha Patil passed away due to COVID-19 complications. In Maharashtra, the COVID-19 cases are rising rapidly in the second wave, and patients are facing issues in finding beds, oxygen and medicines.
The Maharashtra government has already imposed lockdown till May 15, 2021, and because of this, film, TV shows and ad film shootings have been banned in the state. Right now, the makers of popular Marathi shows are shooting outside Maharashtra in states like Gujarat and Goa.
Our condolences to the family of Navnath Gaikwad. May his soul rest in peace!