Veteran actor Chandrashekhar known for his several character roles down the years and playing Arya Sumant in television’s hit drama Ramayan passes away this morning. The actor was 97 years old and passed away in his sleep at 7 am.
Chandrashekhar was a president of CINTAA Cine Artistes Association (CINTAA) from 1985 to 1996. ETimes contacted Joint Secretary at CINTAA – Amit Behl who expressed his grief and the huge loss to them, “It is a big loss. Chandrashekhar sir, along with Asha Parekh, Mithunda, Amrish Puri, Amjad Khan and Ram Mohan, was instrumental in getting the land from the government where our new building is now coming up. We were so looking forward to having his presence at the inauguration, but fate had other plans.”
ETimes further spoke to Chandrashekar’s son Ashok who said that the veteran was fine and was admitted in the hospital only for a day last week. However once he returned home, he was fine and had a peaceful death in his sleep last night – “Daddy passed away in sleep. He had no issues with his health. He was in the hospital for a day, last Thursday. We brought him back home and had kept all facilities including oxygen at our disposal if the need would arise. He was okay last night. The end was peaceful. We plan to perform the last rites at Pawan Hans in Vile Parle today at 4 pm.” TV actor Shakti Arora is Chandrashekhar’s grandson.
Chandrashekhar has acted in almost 250 films. His first film as a hero was in 1953 titled Surang and then he went on to perform several character roles in Bollywood. In 1964 he even produced and directed a film called Cha Cha Cha, in which he even played the lead role.