Mar 19, 2011

Actor Navin Nischol passes away

Navin-NischolA gold medalist from FTII, Nischol became popular actor with hits like Buddha Mila Gaya, Dhund, Victoria No 203, Hanste Zakhm and Woh Main Nahin. More than his acting, Nischol became popular for his chocolate boy looks and songs that included popular hits like Kaan mein jhumka (Sawan Bhadon), Raat kali jab khwab mein aayi (Buddha Mil Gaya), Simti si sharmaisi (Parwana) and Tum jo mil gaye ho ( Hanste Zakhm).

Nischol flourished as a hero for a decade. Film writer Dilip Thakur says, "Rajesh Khanna's popularity came in the way of the actor. Besides, he was known to be egoistic and didn't want to play second fiddle to any actor, especially to another generation of actors like Amitabh Bachchan. He turned down second lead hero roles, which went to Vinod Mehra, who benefitted from it. He was even offered Shashi Kapoor's role in Deewar which he turned down. And the rest is history."

Thakur adds "he played the lead in Parwana but it was Bachchan who got appreciate for his role as a villain."

From 1980 onwards, however, Nischol started playing character roles with films Saboot, Teri Baahon Mein and Samundar. His career was on the downslide. He was also one of the first film actor along with Shekhar Suman to join television. He worked in quite a lot of television serials including Anand Mahendroo's Dekh Bhai Dekh.

Nischol was married twice. His first marriage with Shekhar Kapur's sister Neelu ended when she found out about his affair with a starlet. They have a daughter Natasha - who is a popular make-up artiste in the film industry. His second marriage to Geetanjali also ran into trouble, when she alleged harassment by the family. She committed suicide leaving behind a note blaming the actor for her death.

The last rites of actor Navin Nischol was performed at the Santacruz creamatorium. Most of the actor's friend including Govind Nihalani, Manmohan Shetty, Prakash Jha, Rishi Kapoor and Randhir Kapoor came to pay their last respect.

Filmaker Ashoke Pandit who was also present there said, "Navin was going to Pune and was on his way to pick up Randhir Kapoor, when he got a heart attack. He was taken to Sion hospital where he was declared dead."


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