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Veteran stage, television and film actor Salim Ghouse, 70, dies of cardiac arrest

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Mumbai: Veteran stage, television and film actor Salim Ghouse, who featured in several Bollywood and south Indian movies, passed away following a cardiac arrest, here on Thursday.

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Ghouse, 70, was rushed to the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital in Versova late on Wednesday but did not recover, his family members said. His wife, Anita Salim confirmed the news.

Anita Salim revealed that the actor suffered from cardiac arrest and passed away early morning on Thursday. He had complained of chest pain on Wednesday night. His last rites were carried out in the morning. She said, “We took him to Kokilaben Hospital last night, and he passed away this morning. He hated grieving and wanted life to go on. He didn’t suffer, he wouldn’t have liked being dependent on anyone. He was a man with a lot of self-respect. He was a multifaceted actor, a martial artist, an actor, a director and a lovely chef in the kitchen.”

Born in Chennai and educated there, he later graduated from the FTII, Pune, and then plunged into theatres.

The Family Man actor Sharib Hahsmi paid tribute to the late actor. Taking to his social media, Sharib wrote, “Pehli baar #SalimGhouse Sahab ko tv serial #Subah mein dekha tha! Aur unka kaam behadd laajavaab laga tha !! Unki awaaz ❤️❤️.” See the tweet here:

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Known for his roles in “Bharat Ek Khoja”, “Wagle Ki Duniya”, “Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi” and “Subah”, Ghouse enjoyed equal popularity in Bollywood and south India, having acted with some of the biggest stars and banners since his debut in 1978 with “Swarg Nark”.

Later, he played notable roles in several award-winning films such as “Chakra” (1981), “Saaraansh” and “Mohan Joshi Hazir Ho!” (both 1984).

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He was seen with Shah Rukh Khan in “Koyla”, besides playing prominent roles in films like “Mujrim”, “Shapath”, Kamal Haasan’s “Vettri Vizhaa”, Mohanlal’s “Thazvaram”, and “Well Done Abba”. He was last seen in the Tamil film “Kaa” (2022).

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