Chandrashekhar, a legendary Bollywood actor, died at the age of 97. He was ill for some time and died on Wednesday morning at his home. According to his son, professor Ashok Chandra Shekhar, the funeral would be held later in the day at Mumbai’s Vile Parle cremation. “On Thursday, he was in the hospital for a day. We carried him home and had all of our resources, including oxygen, on hand in case he needed it. Last night, he was OK. “It was a peaceful ending,” Ashok added.
In his long career, the veteran actor Chandrashekhar has appeared in over 250 films and countless television shows. He began his career as a junior artist and progressed to become a well-known character actor. He made his debut as a lead actor in the film ‘Surang’ in 1953, and went on to star in films such as ‘Mastana’ (1954), ‘Basant Bahaar’ (1956), ‘Kaali Topi Laal Rumaal’ (1959), ‘Barsaat Ki Raat’ (1960), ‘Rustom-e-Baghdad’ (1963), and ‘Kanyadaan’ (1968). In Ramanand Sagar’s popular TV drama Ramayan, he played Arya Sumanta, who is remembered for his performance. ‘Khauff’ was his most recent flick (2000).
Chandrashekhar also served as president of the Cine Artistes Association (CINTAA) from 1985 to 1996. The organization has confirmed his death.
V. Shantaram, Bhagwan, BR Chopra, Manmohan Desai, Prakash Mehra, Shakti Samanta, and Ramanand Sagar were among the important filmmakers of the era with whom he collaborated. He has played key roles in films starring Dilip Kumar, Dev Anand, Bharat Bhushan, Rajesh Khanna, and Amitabh Bachchan.
Moreover, Chandrashekhar was the grandfather of TV actor Shakti Arora.