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Marathi film 'Court' actor Vira Sathidar passes away due to COVID-19

In a shocking turn of events, actor and activist Vira Sathidar, who played the protagonist in Chaitanya Tamhane's much-acclaimed Marathi film 'Court', passed away while battling with COVID-19. The 61-year-old actor, who had tested positive for COVID-19 a week ago, breathed his last in the early morning on April 13 at AIIMS Nagpur. Sathidar, who had essayed the role of protest singer Narayan Kamble in the National Award-winning film, which was also India's official entry to the 88th Academy Awards, was a democratic rights activist and folk artiste in real life too. Shocked to hear about Sathidar’s demise, 'Court' director Chaitanya Tamhane said, 'I am yet to process this extremely shocking news. I don’t know what to say. I learnt about his passing from Court's casting director yesterday. I clearly remember the time we discovered Vira Sathidar and took him on board as the lead actor for my debut directorial. We have lost a talented artist and one of the nicest human beings. The time spent with him will forever remain in our memories.' Meanwhile, Sathidar is survived by his wife, son, daughter-in-law and grandson. A few days ago, 73-year-old veteran actor Satish Kaul, who is best known as Lord Indra in BR Chopra’s magnum opus Mahabharat, passed away after suffering from COVID-19 related complications. Actress Priti Sapru was constantly in touch with him and also raised funds for him after he suffered a financial blow. Kaul was a major Punjabi film star and a familiar face in Hindi cinema of the 1970s and 80s. Kaul played the lead in a handful of Hindi films like ‘Mere Sartaj’ (1975) and ‘Harfan Maulaa’ (1976) but gradually slipped to smaller roles. He was Dilip Kumar’s son in Subhash Ghai’s ‘Karma’ (1986) and partly got to croon the patriotic track, 'Dil diya hai jaan bhi denge ae watan tere liye'. Meanwhile, India on April 13 recorded 1,61,736 new cases of the coronavirus, according to numbers released by the Ministry of Health.

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