Veteran Gujarati actor Upendra Trivedi passes away in Mumbai

Upendra Trivedi
Upendra Trivedi
Well-known Gujarat film and stage actor Upendra Trivedi passed away at his residence in Vile Parle here late last night.
He was 78. He is survived by his wife Shardaben and two sons Ashish Trivedi, a producer of plays under the abnner of Upendra Trivedi Productions, and Hemant Trivedi, a music composer.
His funeral was held this afternoon at Waghjibhai ni vadi at Vile Parle and was attended by a large number of his relatives, friends and admirers.
Family sources said Trivedi had been ailing for more than five months. He had been discharged on Thursday from a hospital, where he was undergoing treatment for respiratory problems, but had developed complications again last night and breathed his last a little past midnight.
Known as "Abhinay Samrat" for his acting prowess after he essayed seven roles in a play of the same name, Trivedi was the brother of Arvind Trivedi, who had played the role of Ravana in the television serial Ramayana.
Born in 1936, Trivedi had humble beginnings and began life as a labourer. After acting in plays during his college days. He played some bit roles in Gujarati movies, which helped him to pay his way through his college. He got his big break with Jesal Toral, which turned out to be a big hit, and went on to reign over Gujarati cinema for nearly four decades, acting in several successful movies, many of them with actress Snehlata, with whom he formed a popular screen pair.
He also directed Manvini Bhavai, one of the most memorable Gujarati films based on the novel of the same name by renowned writer Pannalal Patel. The film went on to win a national award.
Trivedi appeared in the popular Hindi movie "Jungle Mein Mangal", playing a negative role.
He joined politics and won the election to the Gujarat Legislative Assembly from Bhiloda. He served as Deputy Speaker of the Assembly from 2000-02.
During a distinguished career, he was honoured by the government with the Padma Shri and had also won the prestigious Pandit Omkarnath Thakur Award.

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