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Raj Kishore, Padosan’s 'Lahori', dies in Mumbai at 85

The veteran character actor suffered a heart attack at his Goregaon residence.

Raj Kishore as a constable in Preetam (1971). He is to Mehmood's right in this picture

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Yesteryear actor Raj Kishore, who was often cast in small but memorable supporting roles, died in the wee hours of FrIday 6 April at his residence in Goregaon, Mumbai. He was 85.

"Raj Kishoreji wasn't keeping well the last few months," said actress Nupur Alankar, an office-bearer of the Cine and TV Artists' Association (CINTAA). "He suffered a second heart attack in the space of a month and passed away."

Alankar remembered Raj Kishore as a jovial guy who lived life to the fullest. Hindi cinema fans will remember him for his roles in the cult comedy Padosan (1968) and Ramesh Sippy's blockbuster Sholay (1975).

In Padosan, Raj Kishore played 'Lahori', one of the three hangers-on of Kishore Kumar's musician character Vidyapati, the others being 'Kalkatiya' (Keshto Mukherjee) and 'Banarasi' (Mukri).

In Sholay, Raj Kishore had a tiny part, playing the gay prison inmate who makes a pass at Dharmendra's Veeru.

Raj Kishore was last seen on the big screen in the film Mr & Mrs Khiladi (1997).

The actor is survived by wife Liza and son Prem.