Smita Talwalkar passes away at 59!

The veteran Marathi actor passed away on Wednesday

Veteran stage and screen actor Smita Talwalkar, who won acclaim in theater, film and television and became a notable figure in the Marathi film industry, passed away on Wednesday. She was 59.

Talwalkar breathed her last at Mumbai’s Jaslok hospital, where she was being treated for cancer. She will be cremated at Dadar crematorium on Wednesday at noon. Before that, her body will be kept at Matunga’s Yashwant Natya Mandir for the last rites.

Talwalkar was well acclaimed for the roles she played in films such as Chavkat Raja, Tu Tithe Me, and Saat Chya Aat Gharat. Her performance in Avantika and Un-Paaus serials were well applauded by viewers.

Talwalkar, who spent 40 years in the field of cinema, serials and theatre, started her career as a news presenter on Doordarshan. In 1986, with her performances in Sawbhagyavati and Gadbad Ghotala, she made a place for herself in the hearts of the people.

Under the banner of Asmita Chitra, Talwalkar had produced many films and television soap operas, and also won the national award for her her movie Kalat Nakalat in 1998. She was also the chairperson of the Marathi Natya Parishad.

Her notable films:

Tu Savbhagyavati (1986), Gadbad Ghotala (1986), Kalat Nakalat (1989), Chavkat Raja (1991), Shivrayachi Sun Tararani (1993), Tu Tithe Me (1998), Saat Chya aat Gharat (2004), and Checkmate (2008).

TV Serials:

Gharkul, Peshvai, Avantika, Un-Paaus, Ardhanghini, Uncha Maaza Zhoka

Many politicians and the Marathi film fraternity expressed their condolences on her death on the micro-blogging site Twitter:

Anjali Damania: Marathi actress Smita Talwalkar passed away.She was suffering frm cancer.May her soul rest in peace

Ashoke Pandit: Sad to know Abt the demise of Smita Talwarkar a Grt actress & a Grt human being.Theatre & TV industry will miss u. RIP.@AUThackeray

Shreyas Talpade: RIP Smitatai Talwalkar. Excellent actress,producer…human being.You, your serials & your films will be terribly missed Tai.

Prakash Javadekar: Legendary actress, director, producer Smita Talwalkar ll remain in hearts of people. May her soul #RIP. My condolences to the bereaved.

CM Prithviraj Chavan: Sad to hear about Smita Talwalkar. We lost a versatile actor n director. My tributes to her.

Sunil Tatkare: We at #NCP are highly saddened with the demise of veteran actress, producer, director Smita Talwalkar. May her soul rest in peace.

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