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Lagaan actor Rajesh Vivek dies of heart attack in Hyderabad

Lagaan actor Rajesh Vivek died of heart attack in Hyderabad on January 14. He was 66.

By: PTI | Mumbai | Updated: January 15, 2016 8:38 pm
Rajesh Vivek, Lagaan actor Rajesh Vivek, Rajesh Vivek Swades Bollywood actor Rajesh Vivek, mainly known for his roles in superhits like ‘Lagaan’ and ‘Swades’, died due to a heart attack in Hyderabad today. He was 66. (Source; Stills)

Bollywood actor Rajesh Vivek, mainly known for his roles in superhits like ‘Lagaan’ and ‘Swades’, died due to a heart attack in Hyderabad on January 14. He was 66.

“Rajesh passed away in Hyderabad due to a heart attack. He was shooting there for a south Indian film. It is very shocking news,” said Vivek’s friend Vishnu Sharma. Rajesh Vivek was first introduced by Shyam Benegal in his film ‘Junoon’ (1978).

Basically a theatre actor, he had also acted in popular television series ‘Mahabharata’, ‘Bharat Ek Khoj’ and in ‘Aghori’. (Pics of Rajesh Vivek’s best films)

He made his mark as a villain in the beginning with films like ‘Veerana’ and ‘Joshilay’, often playing roles of henchman, but later on he started doing comic or supporting roles. (Lagaan team bids goodbye to Rajesh Vivek)

Some of his latest films include ‘Bunty Aur Babli’, ‘Bhoot Unkle’, ‘What is Your Rashee’, ‘Agneepath’, ‘Son of Sardaar’, ‘Dishkiyaaun’.

He had played the role of a dreaded dacoit in “Bandit Queen” (1994). (Naseeruddin Shah mourns the death of his friend and Lagaan actor Rajesh Vivek)

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    Alok Kulshreshtha
    Mar 29, 2017 at 9:10 am
    He was a great actor as well as great human being...I am lucky to travel with him along with his family from Mumbai to Agra. We had a great time...That time he was going to attend a spiritual function at Agra. I saw lots of fan following within that journey taking autograph, selfie, etc. We will always miss you!!! RIP
    1. D
      Apr 29, 2017 at 9:10 am
      Yes he was initiated by a true spiritual master....therefore he was an extremely lucky soul
    2. H
      Jan 16, 2016 at 5:57 am
      it' s very shocking and sad to lose such a great actor. may his soul rest in piece.
      1. R
        Jan 15, 2016 at 6:41 am
        The shock of hearing what a big ch..tiya Aaamir Khan is must have caused the heart attack.
        1. D
          Jan 15, 2016 at 4:53 am
          Talented actor!!! RIP
          1. D
            Feb 19, 2016 at 5:06 pm
            Rajesh Vivek was first seen in Shyam Benegal's " Junoon" in which he is witnessed as a sufi-singer singing with his eye-balls lifted. Subsequently, he used this pose in many a film. He had a formidable way of dialogue delivery. It happens so, some films make characters immortal, as Asrani as jailor or Jagdeep as Surma Bhopali in Sholay. Likewise, Rajesh Vivek will remain imperishable as Guran of Lagaan.
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