'Mahabharat' star Dharmesh Tiwari no more

Dharmesh Tiwari, who enjoyed multigenerational success on both the small and big screens, has died on Wednesday, 06th August 2014, in a hospital at Chandigarh, India. He was 63.

Perhaps most admired for playing the role of ‘Kripacharya’, in the epic television drama, ‘Mahabharat’ in 1988, Mr. Tiwari was also the Honorary General Secretary of the Cine & TV Artistes Association (CINTAA) and President of the Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE). Dharmesh Tiwari played the role of ‘Jaswant Singh’ in a political show ‘Pradhanmantri’ in 2013. He was also known for his much appreciated direction skills in the Indian Cinema - ‘Judaai’ (97), ‘Geet’ (’92), ‘Loafer’ (’96) etc.

Raza Murad, one of Dharmesh ji’s closest friends, says, “He passed away Wednesday morning in Chandigarh. He had gone there for a show. He had high diabetes and this might be one of the reasons for his death. Despite having high diabetes, he was very active. It's a huge loss to the fraternity.”

Gajendra Chauhan, vice president of CINTAA, further added that Dharmesh ji was feeling uneasy in the morning and was admitted to a hospital, where he passed away. Mr. Tiwari is survived by his wife and two daughters. His funeral will be held in Mumbai, on Thursday afternoon, 7th August 2014. Shocked at his demise, many actors have expressed their condolences via Twitter.

Dolly Bindra: “Hon sec cintaa Shri Dharmesh Tiwariji left for heavenly abode date 6/8/2014 time now.”

Ashoke Pandit: “Dharmesh Tiwari, who is no more, was also the President of the Cine Artiste Association. Devoted his life for the cause of the workers. RIP.”

Kunickaa Sadananda: “Shocked and numbed at the news of the sudden demise of Shri Dharmesh Tiwari. Actor, director, president of our cine artists association. He has been serving the fraternity selflessly for more than two decades now. It was just a few weeks back when he came and spoke to all the artists on our sets. Sensitizing us about our rights n responsibilities. May your soul rest in peace Dharmeshji, we will definitely feel the void. And it will be difficult for anyone to fit into ur shoes.”

Rohit Roy: “Oh god..Terrible news early in the morning..Dharmesh Tiwari, who’s been pivotal in sorting out problems of our industry passed by. RIP.”

Truly Dharmesh ji, your demise has been a major loss to our Indian Cine Industry. We all wish you heaven abode.