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Sadashiv Amrapurkar passes away

Sadashiv Amrapurkar, the multifaceted actor who made us laugh and cry with ease, played iconic character roles including a ruthless eunuch in ‘Sadak’, a villain in ‘Ardh Satya’ and a selfish father in ‘Ishq’ with an effortless ease

 

Bollywood actor Sadashiv Amrapurkar, who was being treated for a lung infection at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital in Mumbai, passed away on Monday. He was 64.

 

His last rites will be performed in his native place in Ahmednagar district Tuesday, family sources said.

 

Known for his subtle mannerism, the versatile Amrapurkar played varied villainous and comic roles in Indian cinema enthralling the audience with his ’unique’ style in a career spanning over three decades.

 

The ailing actor, who died at a hospital in Mumbai Monday morning at the age of 64, played iconic character roles including a ruthless eunuch in ‘Sadak’, a villain in ‘Ardh Satya’ and a selfish father in ‘Ishq’ with an effortless ease.

 

Ironically, while he would instill fear with his negative roles on—screen, the actor was a true gentleman in real life and involved in many social activities.

 

Born as Ganesh Kumar Narwode to an auto driver in Nashik in 1956, he adopted the name Sadashiv in 1974. Fondly known as Tatya in his family and friend circle, Amrapurkar grew up in Ahmednagar with his parents and a younger brother.

 

Right from his younger days, Amrapurkar was into acting and was part of several plays in school and college.

 

He was a trained singer but was advised that his highly nasal baritone would prevent him from achieving fame — so at the age of 21, Sadashiv migrated to theatre and the stage.

 

He acted in more than 50 plays and also began to act in minor roles in Marathi cinema until in 1979.

 

In 1981-82, Amrapurkar acted in a Marathi stage play ’Hands—Up!’ alongside stage actors Avinash Masurekar and Bhakti Barve—Inamdar. This play was a super—hit and Amrapurkar was noticed by director Govind Nihalani who was searching for an artiste to play the central negative character in his movie ’Ardh Satya’

 

The movie went on to be a success and Amrapurkar’s acting was appreciated. His style of dialogue delivery was considered unique as compared to the popular Hindi movie villains in those days.

 

After ‘Ardh Satya’, Amrapurkar starred in small roles in films such as ‘Purana Mandir’, ‘Nasoor’, ‘Muddat’, ‘Veeru Dada’, ‘Jawani’, and ‘Farishtay’.

 

In 1987, he starred as the main villain in Dharamendra starrer ‘Hukumat’ which went on to be a blockbuster that grossed even more than ‘Mr India’.

 

Amarapurkar became the “lucky mascot” for Dharamendra and thereafter they both starred in several movies. In 1991, he appeared as a eunuch in ‘Sadak’. He won a Filmfare award for his performance and became the first recipient of the best negative role honour.

 

In the mid-1990s he migrated towards supporting roles and comic roles in ‘Mohra’, ‘Ishq’, ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain’, ’Aankhen’, ‘Coolie No 1’, ‘Gupt: The Hidden Truth’, ’Aunty No 1’, ‘Jai Hind’, ‘Master’ among others.

 

He played the role of Dr Khanna in the 1996 film ‘Chhote Sarkar’ Since the 2000s, Amrapurkar has been rarely seen in Hindi movies.

 

Apart from giving some power—packed performances in more than 300 movies in Hindi, the actor also tried his luck in Bengali, Oriya and Haryanvi movies.

 

Amrapurkar had gone missing from the industry for quite some time and was last seen on the big screen in 2012 film ’Bombay Talkies’, which was made to celebrate the centenary year of Indian cinema.

 

Amrapurkar had won two Filmfare awards. In 1984, he won the award for the best supporting actor for Ardh Satya and in 1991, the best villain trophy for his portrayal of a ruthless eunuch in Sadak.

 

After 2012, he had become selective and was more into social work in the last few years.

 

Amrapurkar will be forever remembered for bringing villains on par with the heroes.

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Death toll rises to 61 in Pakistan suicide attack at Wagah border

The blast took place when a large number of people were returning after attending the flag lowering ceremony at the main Indo-Pak land border crossing

 

The death toll in the horrific suicide attack that shook Pakistan minutes after the popular flag-lowering ceremony at Wagah climbed to 61 on Monday, even as security agencies arrested about 20 suspects from the Indo-Pak border area.

 

Ten women, eight children and three security personnel were among the 61 people who have died in the attack that took place Sunday when a suicide attacker detonated a powerful bomb at Wagah.

 

Over 100 people were injured in the incident and are being treated in different Lahore’s hospitals where emergency has been declared.

 

The blast took place when a large number of people were returning after attending the flag lowering ceremony at the main Indo-Pak land border crossing, which is heavily guarded by the Punjab Rangers.

 

A young suicide-bomber blew himself up near the main exit gate of Parade Avenue at 6.03 p.m. (local time), causing colossal devastation.

 

“The death toll of the devastating suicide attack at Wagah border has risen to 61. The condition of some injured is still critical and the doctors are battling to save their lives,” Punjab Emergency Services Rescue spokesman Jam Sajjad said.

 

About 43 bodies have been handed over to the families while the remaining are yet to be recognised, Sajjad said.

 

“We have sought the help of the National Registration Database Authority (Nadra) for recognition of 18 bodies,” he said.

 

The law enforcement agencies have launched operation in the residential areas in Wagah and taken about 20 suspects into custody, Lahore police spokesman Niyab Haider Naqvi said.

 

“A joint investigation team of police, rangers and intelligence agencies have started its probe into the incident. The army and rangers along with police will provide security to Ashura processions in Lahore and they have been put on high alert in the wake of Sunday’s attack,” he said.

 

Punjab Interior Minister Col (Retd) Shujah Khanzada said the target of the suicide bomber was the venue of the flag hoisting ceremony.

 

“The suicide-bomber wanted to reach the Parade Avenue to cause maximum devastation but he blew himself up near the entrance of the main gate after failing to reach the Parade Avenue,” he said.

 

At least three militant factions have claimed the grizzly bombing. Al-Qaeda affiliated militant group Jundullah, a splinter group of the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), was first to claim responsibility of the attack.

 

Shortly afterwards Jamaat-ul-Ahrar said its bomber Hafiz Hanifullah carried out the attack. Later, a lesser-known Mahar Mehsud group also claimed responsibility for the bombing.

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India manufacturing PMI inches up to 51.6 in October

HSBC India PMI rebounded to 51.6 in October from September’s nine-month low of 51.0, driven by strong demand conditions and rise in new order flows

 

India’s manufacturing sector output picked up modestly during October, driven by strong demand conditions and rise in new order flows, an HSBC survey said Monday.

 

The headline HSBC India Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) — a composite gauge designed to give a single-figure snapshot of manufacturing business conditions — rebounded from September’s nine-month low of 51.0 to 51.6 in October.

 

Amid reports of strong demand, production at Indian manufacturers rose for the 12th successive month in October. A figure above 50 indicates that the sector is expanding, while a figure below that level means contraction.

 

“Manufacturing activity picked up modestly amid stronger output and new order flows, particularly from overseas clients,” HSBC Co-Head of Asian Economic Research Frederic Neumann said.

 

New businesses also increased for the 12th month in a row in October, largely owing to general improvements in demand situation.

 

In addition, export orders received by Indian manufacturers rose in October, extending the current sequence of growth to 13 months.

 

However, firms continued to trim purchases and refrained from aggressive inventory accumulation, the report said.

 

On prices, it said that inflationary pressures remained muted in October. While input prices eased further, the improvement in growth allowed firms to raise margins by increasing the output prices slightly.

 

“This trend could strengthen with growth, which is why the RBI will remain cautious about relaxing its grip at this juncture,” Neumann said.

 

In the September policy review, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Dr Raghuram Rajan had left all key rates unchanged citing continued risks to inflation and difficult external situation, especially on the geopolitical front. This was the fourth consecutive time that the RBI kept key interest rates unaltered.

 

The short-term lending (repo) rate remained at 8%, and the cash reserve requirement of banks at 4%.

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