Actor Shri Vallabh Vyas dies at 60 in Jaipur


Alumnus of National School of Drama and veteran actor Shri Vallabh Vyas passed away in Jaipur on Sunday morning after prolonged illness. He was 60. He passed away around 9:30 am and his last rituals took place in the evening.

Vyas featured in Bollywood movies, regional movies and number of television shows. He worked in around 60 Bollywood movies including Ashutosh Gowariker’s Lagaan (2001), Sardar (1993), Sarfarosh (1999), Shool (1999), Dil Bole Hadippa (2009), Abhay, Aan: Men at Work, Shool, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose: The Forgotten Hero and Sankat City among others.

Film and television actor Daya Shankar Pandey, who is a close family friend of Shri Vallabh Vyas , confirmed the news. He said, “Vyas was a great actor and we will miss him immensely. He died on Sunday morning around 9.30 am and his last rites will take place in the evening today. He has two daughters and his wife struggled a lot while taking care of Vyas.”

“He was a very well-read man and an immensely talented actor, but he didn’t get his dues. But his work has always spoken for him. He was also into singing and had started writing too, but life was cruel to him,” added Daya Shankar.

In 2008 while shooting for a film in Gujarat, the actor suffered a brain stroke followed by a paralytic attack after he fell in the toilet in the middle of the night. The next morning, Shri Vallabh Vyas was found in a pool of blood. He was later operated and was paralysed since then. As his family could not meet the expenses of his treatment, they moved from Mumbai to Jaisalmer and later Jaipur for treatment.

Cine and TV Artists Association (CINTAA) offered very minimal financial help to the family which they rejected. Later, Vyas’s co-actors Irrfan Khan, Manoj Bajpayee and Aamir Khan came forward and offered financial help to the family for Vyas’s treatment.

The actor is survived by his wife Shobha Vyas and two daughters.