Actor Shrivallabh Vyas, Known For Lagaan And Sarfarosh, Passes Away At 60
Actor Shrivallabh Vyas- known for his work in Aamir Khan’s films like Lagaan and Sarfarosh, amongst others, passed away on Sunday morning in his home town of Jaipur after prolonged illness. He was 60.
It is being said that Aamir Khan, Irrfan and Manoj Bajpayee helped the late actor with his finances, in the latter stages of his life. An alumni of National School of Drama, Shrivallabh Vyas was a known face in theatre, movies and television.
He had suffered a brain stroke, followed by a paralytic attack, in 2008, while shooting for a film in Gujarat. He had been in paralysis, ever since. His wife had approached the Cine and TV Artists Association (CINTAA) for financial help, but was disappointed at the meagre sum offered. The family shifted to Jaisalmer from Mumbai, and later to Jaipur for treatment.
Vyas shot into the limelight with Sardar (1993), the biopic of Sardar Vallabhai Patel. He played the role of Mohammed Ali Jinnah in that. He was a known face in movies in the 90s and early 2000s.
His Lagaan director Ashutosh Gowariker paid tribute to the veteran-
Thank you #srivallabhvyas ji for giving the character of Ishwar Kaka, so much DIGNITY & GRACE by your presence and effortless performance!
Still remember you singing your favourite song – Oh re taal miley nadi ke jal mein..
For YOU one last time- RE BHAIYYA CHHOOTE #LAGAAN ! RIP pic.twitter.com/IroJGRwanD
— Ashutosh Gowariker (@AshGowariker) January 7, 2018
Known film critic Khalid Mohammed also paid his tribute-
Personally saddened to hear of the passing away in Jaipur of the fine actor Srivallabh Vyas. He played a brief but key role In Mammo. May his soul rest in peace.
— khalid mohamed (@Jhajhajha) January 7, 2018
His fans were also left shocked and bereaved-
RIP #SriVallabhVyas ji
Sardar, Sarfarosh, Lagaan, Sardari Begum, Saaya (TV). So many characters, each one having its own identity.
I don’t know how Jinnah actually looked, bcos for me, his portrayal of Jinnah in Sardar was the reference point. Such accomplished actor!
— Pankaj (@pankajcgupta) January 7, 2018
Rest in Peace Srivallabh Vyas ! Lagaan.Sarfarosh.Sardar. An actor who always became the part.#srivallabhvyas
— Rahul Deo Bharadwaj (@deo26) January 7, 2018
May his soul rest in peace!
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