Veteran actor Ramesh Deo passed away on Wednesday in Mumbai at the age of 93. He is known for films like Anand, Mere Apne and others.
PROMINENT FILM personality Ramesh Deo, known for playing a diverse range of roles, in Marathi and Hindi movies, passed away on Tuesday evening at Mumbai’s Kokilaben Ambani Hospital due to a heart attack.
The actor, who is survived by his actor-wife Seema Deo as well as sons Ajinkya Deo and Abhinay Deo, had celebrated his 93rd birthday on January 30.
Speaking to The Indian Express, his son Ajinkya said, “My father was not keeping well for the last few days. He was experiencing breathlessness on Wednesday morning. So, we admitted him to the hospital and he passed away in the evening due to a heart attack.’’ The last rites of the 1926-born actor will be held on Thursday afternoon at the Vile Parle cremation ground near Pawan Hans terminal.
During his career spanning sever decades, the multi-faceted film personality has acted in over 450 Hindi and Marathi feature films, apart from working in several television shows and commercials.
After his three Hindi films as the lead actor didn’t work at the box office, he gained popularity as a fine supporting actor.
In a number of movies, he even appeared along with his actor-wife Seema Deo. Prominent among them is Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s Anand, where he played the role of Dr Prakash Kulkarni. Their elder son Ajinkya is a well-known actor who has featured in movies such as Aan: Men at Work (2004), Indian remake of the show 24 (2013) and Tanhaji (2020). Abhinay has directed Hindi movies Delhi Belly, Force 2 and Blackmail.
Deo, who grew up in Kolhapur, faced the camera for the first time when he made a brief appearance in a Marathi movie titled Patlachi Por (1951). Following that, he enrolled himself as a junior artiste and used to be paid Rs 25 for a day’s work.
Later on, he bagged a major role when he was cast as the villain in the Marathi movie Andhala Magto Ek Dola (1956). The same year, he appeared as the second lead in Paydali Padleli Phoole. In the coming years, even though he bagged lead roles, he would continue to play negative characters.
In an old interview to The Indian Express, the actor had said, “The film’s publicity material would often have the teaser: Ramesh Deo hero aahe ki villain he olkhaa (Guess whether Ramesh Deo is the hero in this film or the villain).”
The veteran actor made his Hindi film debut with Rajshri Productions’ Aarti (1962). Eventually, he would go on to be part of several landmark Hindi movies, including Jeevan Mrityu (1970), Khilona (1970 film), Mere Apne (1971), Mr India (1987), Gharana (1989) and Ghayal (1990). More recently, he appeared as the kind-hearted Kaul Sahab in Jolly LLB (2013) who helps the protagonist in his fight against injustice. He also reprises his role in Ghayal’s sequel, Ghayal Once Again (2016).
In the 80s, the actor turned producer. He even directed about eight Marathi movies, including Chor Chor, Jeeva Sakhaa, Senani Sane Guruji and Chal Gammat Karu. His company was also known for making many successful ad films.
Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar said that in Deo’s demise, Marathi film industry and theatre world lost an actor who enthralled the audience for several decades. “Many generations of Marathi art lovers enjoyed his screen performances. His chemistry with Seema Deo – on-screen and in real life – was a model for the Marathi family life. His demise is a big loss to Marathi art world.”
Veteran Bollywood actor Ramesh Deo has passed away at the age of 93 after suffering a heart attack on Wednesday.
The Marathi actor known for playing notable roles in 1956 ‘Andhala Magto Ek Dola’ and 1971 cult classic ‘Anand’, 1962 ‘Aarti’, 1974 ‘Aap Ki Kasam,’ celebrated his 93rd birthday on January 30.
Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar took to Twitter to express grief over the actor’s demise.
“With the demise of veteran actor Ramesh Dev, a glorious chapter of Marathi drama-filmmaking has come to an end. The great artist who has been ruling the hearts of Marathi drama-film lovers for many decades on the strength of his beautiful personality and all-around acting has passed away. A heartfelt tribute!” he tweeted.
Maharashtra Minister and senior Congress leader Ashok Chavan also tweeted: “Sad Demise of veteran actor Ramesh Dev, marks the end of an era in Indian Film Industry. He was an institution within for generations of actors and filmmakers and a great human being. Today, let’s bid final farewell to this evergreen actor who lived every moment of his life.”
Deo, who made his acting debut in the form of a cameo in the 1951 Marathi film ‘Patlachi Por’ has worked in more than 200 Hindi films, 100 Marathi films and several Marathi dramas with over 200 showings in his long career. He also produced feature films, television serials and several ad films.
In January 2013, the ‘Nivdung’ actor received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 11th Pune International Film Festival (PIFF).
Actress Madhuri Dixit-Nene also expressed sorrow over his death. “Saddened to hear the news of evergreen personality, Shri. Ramesh Deo ji. Condolences to the family,” posted the actress.
“Deeply saddened to hear about the passing of #RameshDeo kaka !! His contribution to Marathi and Hindi cinema is unforgettable! Indebted to him for giving me my first break as an actor, in Marathi Cinema! Heartfelt condolences to
@Ajinkyad and @AbhinayDeo and families,” posted filmmaker Ashutosh Gowariker.
Veteran Bollywood actor Anupam Kher also posted his condolences. “First time I saw the wonderful actor was in the film #Anand. Dearest #RameshDeo ji! The world of theater and cinema will miss you! My heartfelt condolences to the family!”
Former Minister of Civil Aviation in India Praful Patel wrote: “Saddened by the demise of veteran actor Shri Ramesh Deo ji. He immortalized many roles with his superb acting. His legacy will always be remembered. My deepest condolences to his family members.”
The actor is survived by his wife -noted actor Seema Deo and his sons, actor Ajinkya Deo and Bollywood director Abhinay Deo.