Sadashiv Amrapurkar’s ‘menacing Maharani’ was considered ‘rude and low-class’ at the time: ‘The minute we saw him in a saree…’
Actor Sadashiv Amrapurkar has devoted his life to Marathi theater and over the many years he has served his art he has played many memorable characters. But Amrapurkar came into the limelight when he played the role of Maharani in Mahesh Bhatt. 1991 Sadak movie.
Maharani was written as a eunuch, who is a pimp by profession and according to Mahesh Bhatt, the “character was referred to as ‘rude’ and ‘low-class’ by many at this time.” In an obituary written for India Today on the actor’s death in 2014, Bhatt said the character “came to life through Sadashiv’s conviction”.
The director shared, “He was an enigmatic person who struck a chord with the nation with his inspiring characterization as a menacing sari-clad Maharani.” Bhatt further said that the weather was the biggest critic and how moviegoers have always kept Maharani alive. “Sadashiv was a popular man and an extremely evolved and versatile actor who knew exactly how to capture a character’s emotions,” he said.
Sadashiv had his first film break in Govind Nihalani’s Ardh Satya where he played the negative role and it was the performance that attracted Bhatt to the actor. “When I told him Sadak’s story, he showed childlike excitement in playing the role. As soon as we saw him in a sari, looking perfectly like a eunuch character, we knew the character was going to be dramatic. “, he recalls.
Speaking of the actor’s chameleon-like ability, he said, “His voice, language and mannerisms had a distinct down-to-earth character, which helped him play some of the so-called ‘gross’ and ‘gross’ roles. on screen with confidence. ”
Besides Sadak and Ardh Satya, Sadashiv is remembered for his appearances in movies like Aankhen, Mohra, Coolie No 1, Ishq. His last film appearance was in Bombay Talkies, where he played a significant role in Dibakar Banerjee’s short film Star. Sadashiv died on November 3, 2014 at the age of 64.
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