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Theatre and Film Actor Ranjit Chowdhry Passes Away


Last Updated: April 16, 2020, 08:01 IST

Ranjit Chowdhry

Ranjit Chowdhry

Ranjit Chowdhry worked extensively in films, TV and theatre and even starred in Hollywood projects like 'Lonely in America' and 'Prison Break'.

Actor Ranjit Chowdhry, best known for his roles in Khatta Meetha, Baton Baton Mein and Bollywood/Hollywood, has died at the age of 65.

Son of renowned theatre actor Pearl Padamsee and step son of ad man Alyque Padamsee, Chowdhry died in Mumbai on Wednesday.

The actor, who was in India for dental treatment, had to stay back due to the lockdown, said theatre personality Dolly Thakore.

"He was so well loved and an adorable guy. I reached out to the family. He has a wife and 16-year-old son in New York. He had come to India for a dental treatment. He has been here since December-January. He was booked to go back on April 8 and the lockdown came," Thakore told PTI.

"He got a ruptured ulcer in the intestine which happened on April 14. A physician was called who said he needs to go to the hospital and he was taken to Breach Candy hospital. They operated on him but he died at the hospital yesterday at 4 in the morning," she added.

Chowdhry's half-sister Raell Padamsee first confirmed the news about his passing away on Instagram on Wednesday.

In his professional career spanning over four decades, Chowdhry starred in several prominent roles in films including Bandit Queen, Khubsoorat, Mississippi Masala, Lonely in America and many others.

Ranjit also featured in a role in US TV series Prison Break in two episodes as Dr Marvin Gudat and even wrote the screenplay for Deepa Mehta's Sam & Me.

Deepa condoled the actor's death in a tweet as she wrote, "Miss him - a real loss."

Actrors Poorna Jagannathan and Rahul Khanna also condoled Ranjit's death on social media.

(With inputs from PTI)

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