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.
This guy made magic out of nothing, filling paper thin roles with so much depth. I always saw my father when I was with him- the same humor, stubbornness and brilliance. Heartbroken, dear friend. RIP #RanjitChowdhry pic.twitter.com/r8qM2iLCAI— Poorna Jagannathan (@PoornaJags) April 15, 2020
Gutted to learn of #RanjitChowdhry’s passing. Despite his diminutive frame, he was a towering icon of Indian diaspora cinema and a master of his craft. By far, one of the most endearingly quirky and acerbically witty people I’ve had the pleasure of knowing. A true original!— Rahul Khanna (@R_Khanna) April 16, 2020
(With inputs from PTI)
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