Actor Rajesh Vivek Upadhyay Passes Away


Mumbai: Television actor Rajesh Vivek, known for his work in films such as Lagaan and Swades, died of heart attack in Hyderabad on January 14. He was 66.

His friend, colleague Vishnu Sharma confirmed the news, “He passed away Thursday around 3 o’clock in the afternoon. I knew Rajesh for more than 40 years. It’s extremely sad and a huge loss to the industry.”

Mr Vivek, who acted in a string of Bollywood films such as Bunty Aur Babli, Son of Sardar, Agneepath and Bandit Queen, is best known for playing astrologer Guran in 2001’s Lagaan and the postmaster from the 2004 hit Swades.

Originally a theatre-actor, he also appeared on several TV shows, notably the series Mahabharata, Bharat Ek Khoj and Aghori. His last rites will be performed in Mumbai on Friday