Actor-director Dinesh Thakur passes away

Veteran Bollywood, television and theatre actor and director Dinesh Thakur breathed his last today (September 20) in a Mumbai hospital. He was 65. Thakur had been ailing with kidney problems for a while and had little money to cover his medical expenses.

The veteran made his Bollywood debut with Gulzar’s Mere Apne in 1971. After working in Basu Bhattacharya’s Anubhav in the same year, he bagged a major role in Basu Chatterjee’s Filmfare Award-winning movie Rajinigandha (1974) and went on to act in several films including Kalicharan (1976), The Burning Train (1980) and the more recent Fiza (2000). He also wrote films and won a Filmfare Best Story Award for Ghar (1978).He also acted in television and was seen in international TV mini-series La nouvelle malle des Indes (1981) and Ekta Kapoor‘s Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi (2000), among several other shows.

Thakur had been active in Hindi theatre since 1964 and formed ANK Productions in 1976 which worked closely with Prithvi Theatre. Thakur is survived by wife Preeta Mathur who is also an actor. May his soul rest in peace.