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Madhur Bhandarkar, Prakash Jha, Sanjay Khanduri remember Marathi actor Vinay Apte
December 10, 2013 07:11:48 PM IST By Pankaj Sabnani, Glamsham Editorial
The demise of Vinay Apte has deeply saddened the Bollywood industry. The 62-year-old actor passed away on Saturday due to prolonged illness. He had worked in critically acclaimed films like CHANDNI BAR, EK CHALIS KI LAST LOCAL, RAAJNEETI, CORPORATE amongst many others. We spoke with some directors who had worked with Vinay and here's is what they had to say.
Sanjay Khanduri I remember meeting Vinay Apte in my office at Worli for the first time while making EK CHALIS KI LAST LOCAL. I told my casting director that he has the aura of the character I wanted as south Indian gang lord. As the casting director had called him for another role, he said that Vinay ji will only do the role if he likes it. I was taken aback a bit as till then I had not checked his background. On checking I realised how celebrated a name was Vinay Apte in Marathi theater and cinema. His play 'Mitrachi Goshta' as a director was actually seen long back by me and admired. I eventually requested him to come next day. I ran through the character of gang lord again in the night and narrated him his scenes the next day. When I asked if he is doing the role he said if I would integrate the following three traits in the character, he would think about it. I was nervous but on listening to the traits I could not help but smile as they were so apt and funny that it complimented the character so perfectly. It was pure experience that had analyzed and complimented my character so well. He was on. I had got my 'Ponappa' the gang lord, death of whose brother (played by Nawazuddin) turns the course of the film.
After a great response to film we made a point to keep in touch. His passing away so suddenly was like a blow to me. I felt he still had a lot of brilliant characters yet to show us. It's a loss that anyone with an eye of talent will regret. Madhur Bhandarkar I did three films with Vinay Apte (CHANDNI BAR, TRAFFIC SIGNAL and CORPORATE). I was at an event when I came to know about his death. I was extremely shocked. He was such an amazing person. Despite being a very talented actor, he was very down to earth. While making CHANDNI BAR, I remember we didn't have the budget. When I approached him to do the role, he agreed immediately. He supported me completely. I gave him a major role of a politician in CORPORATE. He played a finance minister in the film. Till today people remember him for that role. He also did a guest appearance in TRAFFIC SIGNAL. I am very happy that CHANDNI BAR and TRAFFIC SIGNAL got National Awards. All the three films he was part of did well at the box-office. So he has been a part of my success. He was very comfortable working with me. He had great knowledge of life, philosophy and religion. He was very intelligent and used to mingle with everyone on the set.
Prakash Jha I was shocked. Not only was he a good artist, but also he was a good human being. I knew him since a long time. I had also seen him doing theatre. I shared a personal relationship with him. So I was really saddened. When he wasn't keeping well, I had gone to the hospital to meet him. He was very critical. But when he was discharged from the hospital a few days ago, I thought he was on the way to recovery. But he again fell ill. So it's a huge loss in my personal and professional life.