Vijay Patkar on Pradeep Patwardhan’s death: Lost a close friend; he called me eight days ago
Veteran Marathi actor Pradeep Patwardhan, known for his performance in films like Chashme Bahaddar (2006) and Mee Shivajiraje Bhosale Boltoy (2009), died Tuesday morning after a heart attack. Patwardhan was 65 when he breathed his last at his residence in Girgaon, Mumbai.
Patwardhan’s close friend, actor Vijay Patkar, revealed that the actor went into cardiac arrest around 7 or 8 am. The two had worked together on several projects, including Lavu Ka Laath.
“We have known each other for more than 38 years. We have done college together. We even worked together in a bank and did many one-act plays there. Whenever he got a chance (as a director or producer) I took him as an actor. He was a very good actor. We had a great bond. I just lost a close friend. He called me eight days ago and said, let’s do a job together, unfortunately, that won’t happen,” recalls Patkar.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde mourned Patwardhan’s death and said Marathi cinema had lost a “great artist” today. “Pradeep Patwardhan, the evergreen actor who ruled the hearts of the audience with his graceful acting in Marathi cinema, tragically passed away. With his departure, the Marathi art world has lost a great artist,” the prime minister tweeted in Marathi on Twitter.
Actor Renuka Shahane tweeted, “Heartfelt tribute from Om Shanti Pradeep Patwardhan.”
Deeply saddened to hear about the demise of veteran marathi actor Pradeep Patwardhan. Heartfelt condolences. My thoughts and prayers with his family members, fans and followers. https://t.co/j8Au3mYDwF
— Supriya Sule (@supriya_sule) August 9, 2022
“Pradeep Patwardhan, the evergreen actor who ruled the hearts of the audience with his graceful performance in Marathi cinema, tragically passed away. With his departure, the Marathi art world has lost a great artist,” the chief minister tweeted in Marathi on Twitter.
मराठी रंगभूमीवरील मोरूची मावशी, बायको असून शेजारी, लग्नाची बेडी तसेच मराठी चित्रपटसृष्टीत आपल्या सहजसुंदर अभिनयाने रसिक प्रेक्षकांच्या हृदयावर अधिराज्य गाजवणारे सदाबहार अभिनेते प्रदीप पटवर्धन यांचे दुःखद निधन झाले. त्यांच्या जाण्याने मराठी कलासृष्टीने उमद्या कलावंताला गमावले आहे. pic.twitter.com/CVjESFYCkf
— Eknath Shinde – एकनाथ शिंदे (@mieknathshinde) August 9, 2022