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Veteran Gujarati actor Arvind Joshi dies at 84


Father to popular Hindi film actor Sharman Joshi and actress Manasi Joshi Roy, he was also the brother-in-law of actress Sarita Joshi and uncle of actress Ketki Dave.

Arvind Joshi and Sharman Joshi

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Veteran Gujarati and Hindi actor Arvind Joshi died at Mumbai’s Nanavati Hospital around 3 am on Friday due to age-related issues. He was 84.

Joshi was admitted to the hospital a few weeks ago after his condition deteriorated. 

Father to popular Hindi film actor Sharman Joshi and actress Manasi Joshi Roy, Joshi was also the brother-in-law of actress Sarita Joshi and uncle of actress Ketki Dave. He was the younger brother of actor Pravin Joshi, a towering figure in Gujarati theatre who died in 1979.

Veteran actor Prem Chopra, Sharman's father-in-law, eulogized Joshi, recalling his good nature. He told the Hindi news channel ABP that Joshi had been in the hospital for the past two weeks as his condition had worsened due to age-related complications. "His contribution to Gujarati theatre will always be remembered,” Chopra said.

Apart from theatre, Joshi had worked in the Gujarati film industry since the 1960s. His last film was Sati Sorath (2015). He also worked in iconic Hindi films such as Ittefaq (1969), Sholay (1975), Naam (1986), Thikana (1987) and Apmaan Ki Aag (1990).

Popular actor Paresh Rawal reacted to the news on Twitter, saying, “Irreparable loss to Indian theatre. With grief we say goodbye to the noted actor Shri Arvind Joshi. A stalwart, a versatile actor, an accomplished thespian, are the words that come to mind when I think of his performances. My condolences to Sharman Joshi and family. Aum Shanti (sic).” 

Joshi’s last rites were performed today in Vile Parle, Mumbai.