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79-year-old Marathi actor Ashalata Wabgaonkar dies of Covid while shooting for TV serial

Ashalata Wabgaonkar acted in over 100 Marathi movies, and several Marathi and Konkani plays. She was also seen in Hindi films like Woh Saat Din, Namak Halaal, Shaukeen, Ahista Ahista, Ankush, Coolie, Sadma and Ghayal.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: September 23, 2020 2:12:26 am
ashalata wabgaonkarAshalata Wabgaonkar was a well-known film and theatre personality. (Photo: Express Archive)

Marathi film and television actor Ashalata Wabgaonkar, who had resumed shooting days after the Bombay High Court quashed the state government’s directive that prevented any cast or crew members above 65 years at sets, succumbed to Covid-19 in Satara on Tuesday morning. She was 79.

The actor had been shooting for a Marathi TV serial Aai Majhi Kalubai in Satara for the last one month. She, along with at least 22 other crew members of the production team, had tested positive last week.

Wabgaonkar required hospitalisation after she started showing symptoms. She was subsequently admitted to Pratibha hospital in Satara where she was undergoing treatment for the last seven days.

Doctors said Wabgaonkar was put on ventilator support, but her health worsened due to old age. She succumbed at 4.45 am on Tuesday.

A district official said all the other crew members were kept under home isolation and have recovered.

Producer of the show and actor Alka Kubal, who monitored Wabgaonkar’s hospitalisation and treatment, also remains in Satara for the shoot.

Satara Collector Shekhar Singh said the production team approached them for permission to begin shooting a month ago. The team had hired a bungalow for the shoot between Wai and Phaltan towns. “They were shooting at one or two locations. Based on the Union government’s guidelines for resuming shooting, we gave them necessary permissions and asked them to follow social distancing norms,” Singh said.

Wabgaonkar made her theatrical debut in the role of Revati in the play Sanshaykallol. She has won several awards for theatre shows. She worked in films like Woh Saat Din, Ahista Ahista, Shaukeen, Ankush and Namak Halaal among others in her four-decade career.

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