Sadashiv Amrapurkar was a veteran Indian actor best known for playing villainous and comic roles, enthralling the audience with his unique style in a career that spanned over three decades. His most iconic role would be ‘Maharani,’ a ruthless eunuch in the movie ‘Sadak’, in 1991. He even received a Filmfare for his performance.
Sadashiv was born on Thursday, 11 May 1950 (age 64 years; at the time of death) in Ahmednagar, Maharashtra. He did his schooling from A.E.S. Navin Marathi Shala, Ahmednagar and then went on to pursue a B.A. from Ahmednagar College. Sadashiv then did M.A. in History and M.A. in Sociology from Savitribai Phule Pune University. YouTube
Height (approx.): 5′ 7″
Hair color: Black
Eye color: Black
Family & Caste
Sadashiv Amrapurkar was born into a Maharashtrian Brahmin family. Times of India
Parents & Siblings
Sadashiv’s father was a businessman. He had a younger brother. Not much information is available about his parents and siblings.
Relationships, Wife & Children
Sadashiv married his high school sweetheart Sunanda Karmarkar on 12 June 1973. He is survived by three daughters, Ketaki Amarapurkar Jategaonkar, Rima Amarapurkar (a director), and Dr. Sayali Jahagirdar.
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Sadashiv was always into acting and was very active on stage during his school and college days. At the age of 21, he started doing theatre and did more than 50 plays (acting and directing). Sadashiv first started working in Marathi cinema with his debut movie Aamras (1976).
Sadashiv was spotted by producer Govind Nihalani during a Marathi play titled ‘Hands up’ in 1981 and soon gave him a chance in his movie ‘Ardh Satya’ to play the role of ‘Rama Shetty’ (the negative lead). The movie was a huge success and Sadashiv even earned himself a Filmfare for his performance.
The blockbuster film ‘Hukumat’ in 1987 put Sadashiv on the map as a villain in Hindi cinema. The movie earned more than Mr. India. Dharmendra (co-actor) even considered Amrapurkar to be his lucky mascot and they did several movies together thereafter. Sadashiv won the Filmfare award for Best Actor in a negative role (1992) for his performance in the movie ‘Sadak.’ It was the first year that a Filmfare was given in this category, and Amrapurkar was the first recipient of this award.
He shifted his focus to comical roles around the mid-90s with movies like ‘Ishq,’ ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain,’ ‘Coolie No 1,’ ‘Aunty No 1,’ and many more. The actor had done more than 300 films in Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Oriya, and Haryanvi.
Amrapurkar had gone missing from the industry for quite some time. He was last seen on the big screen in a cameo in Dibakar Banerjee’s film ‘Bombay Talkies’ in 2012. When asked about his hiatus from Bollywood, he said,
“Why should I? I’ve never said that I’m retired or don’t want to do films anymore. Just that the roles that come to me are often repetitive in nature and I’m brave enough to refuse them. Earlier, when I started my career at the age of 32, I wanted to do films to get recognized. Once I established myself as an actor, it was about making money for family. But now things are different. As you grow older, your priorities change.”
Awards, Honours, Achievements
- 1984 (Winner): Best Supporting Actor for Ardh Satya (1983)
- 1992 (Winner): Best Performance by an Actor in a Negative Role for Sadak (1991)
- 1998 (Nominee): Best Performance by an Actor in a Negative Role for Ishq (1997)
Sadashiv was assaulted by a group of people in his neighboring society after he objected to the wastage of water in a rain dance during Holi in 2013. Times of India
Sadashiv passed away on Monday, 3 November 2014 at the age of 64. He died of Pulmonary Fibrosis (a lung infection) at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital in Mumbai. His last rites were performed in his hometown Ahmednagar. His death was condoled by many influential people including Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
We will remember Sadashiv Amrapurkar as a versatile actor, popular across generations. RIP. My deepest condolences to his family.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 3, 2014
- Sadashiv’s real name was Ganesh Kumar Narwode, which he changed at the age of 24. The Hindu He was nicknamed Tatya by his friends and family members. Times of India
- During his young days, Sadashiv was trained as a singer and wanted to pursue it as a career. He was advised that his highly nasal baritone would prevent him from being a successful singer which made him quit singing.
- He was also a good athlete. Sadashiv had played first-class cricket in the Ranji trophy and was an excellent batsman and a leg spinner.
- The actor once shared a story as to why he signed the movie ‘Elaan-E-Jung.’ He said that the movie gave him a chance to ride a horse which he always wanted to do. But on the first day of shooting, he fell from the horse, and thus, he was seen driving a jeep in the entire film.
- Sadashiv has an undying love for theatre. When he was asked to choose between films and theatre, he said that theatre was his breath. He even shared a story from his past where his father, who was not happy with his son’s passion for acting, locked him in the house to stop him from acting in a play. But later seeing his determination, his father let him pursue his dream.
- Sadashiv was a philanthropist and social activist. He had worked towards the betterment of those less fortunate from a very young age. He was associated with many social organizations like Samajik Krutadnyata Nidhi, Andhashraddha Nirmulan Samiti, Snehalaya, Lokshahi Prabodhan Vyaspeeth, Ahmednagar Aitihasik Vastu Sangrahalaya, and many others.
- Think Global Foundation in Ahmednagar created an award titled ‘Late Sadashiv Amarapurkar Award’ in memory of the actor.