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‘Bombay Velvet’ fame Pradeep Patwardhan, 64, dies due to cardiac arrest; CM Shinde mourns demise

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Mumbai: Popular Marathi film actor and comedian Pradeep Patwardhan has passed away. He was 52 years old and breathed his last at his home in Mumbai. All India Radio News has shared the information of his death on social media. He wrote in his post, “Veteran Marathi actor Pradeep Patwardhan passed away this morning at his residence in Girgaum, Mumbai. He breathed his last at the age of 52. Moruchi Mavshi was his popular play.”

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According to the reports, Pradeep died of a heart attack. His demise has come as a deep shock not only to his colleagues in the film industry, his family, but also to his fans. His ‘Moruchi Mawashi’ play is quite popular among the audience. The character of Bhaiya Patil played by him in this play is the favorite character of the audience. Pradeep shared the stage with stalwarts like Bharat Jadhav, Vijay Chavan and Vijay Patkar.

Taking to Twitter, the Maharashtra CM expressed his grief over the actor’s sudden demise and offered his condolences. “Pradeep Patwardhan, the evergreen actor who ruled the hearts of the audience with his graceful acting in Marathi cinema, passed away tragically. With his departure, the Marathi art world has lost a great artist,” he wrote in Marathi.

Pradeep Patwardhan was best known for his hit Marathi play Moruchi Mavshi. The play was reportedly penned by Pralhad Keshav Atre and the inspiration behind this venture was said to be the international play Charley’s Aunt written by Brandon Thomas. As per reports, the play revolves around three college friends — Moru (Prashant Damle), Bhaiyya (Pradeep Patwardhan) and Bandya (Vijay Chavan).

According to the reported synopsis, Moru is informed that his aunt, queen of Kanda Sansthan, is visiting them. Moru and Bhaiyya call their girlfriends for company. But then the aunt’s visit is cancelled at the last moment. The play follows a journey of fun-filled drama. The plot draws similarities with Govinda’s Aunty No 1.

Besides plays, Pradeep Patwardhan also starred in a number of Marathi and Hindi films. His best works include Full Chaar Half (1991), Mee Shivajiraje Bhosale Boltoy (2009), and Police Line (2016). He was also a part of Anurag Kashyap’s 2015 release Bombay Velvet, which starred Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma in the lead.

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