Veteran Marathi actor Pradeep Patwardhan passed away today (August 9) due to a heart attack. He was 65. He breathed his last at his residence in Girgaum, Mumbai. His demise is indeed a big loss to the Marathi film and theatre industry. Patwardhan was known for his amazing performance in the renowned play Moruchi Mavshi.
The actor had started his acting career by participating in one-act plays during his college days. Later, he shifted to commercial plays. After featuring in several plays, Pradeep Patwardhan started working in Marathi films.
He had acted in some popular Marathi films such as Navra Mazha Navasacha, Lavu Ka Lath, Ek Full Chaar Half, Dance Party, Mee Shivajiraje Bhosale Boltoy, Ek Shodh and so on. He was also seen in Bollywood in Ranbir Kapoor-Anushka Sharma's film Bombay Velvet. He had also done television shows.
After learning about his demise, several fans and celebs have been mourning his death on social media, including actress Renuka Shahane, who tweeted, "Om Shanti Pradeep Patwardhan Heartfelt Tribute."
Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde tweeted in Marathi, talking about Patwardhan's natural acting abitilites. He said, "मराठी रंगभूमीवरील मोरूची मावशी, बायको असून शेजारी, लग्नाची बेडी तसेच मराठी चित्रपटसृष्टीत आपल्या सहजसुंदर अभिनयाने रसिक प्रेक्षकांच्या हृदयावर अधिराज्य गाजवणारे सदाबहार अभिनेते प्रदीप पटवर्धन यांचे दुःखद निधन झाले. त्यांच्या जाण्याने मराठी कलासृष्टीने उमद्या कलावंताला गमावले आहे."
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Supriya Sule tweeted, "Deeply saddened to hear about the demise of veteran marathi actor Pradeep Patwardhan. Heartfelt condolences. My thoughts and prayers with his family members, fans and followers."
Pradeep Patwardhan's last rites were performed in Girgaum at 3 pm today.
May his soul rest in peace!