Veteran actor Arvind Trivedi, widely known for his portrayal of Raavana in the hit Indian mythological TV series 'Ramayana', breathed his last at 82.
Arvind's co-star Sunil Lahiri announced on Twitter along with a picture of the late actor and also wrote on Instagram early on October 6: This is unfortunate news. Our dear Arvind Bhai is no longer with us. May God bring peace to his soul.
"I am speechless. I lost father figure, my guide well-wisher and gentleman," he added.
The actor, who was unwell and unable to walk, died due to a heart attack in Mumbai. Arvind's last rites were performed on October 6, around 8 am.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on October 6, mourned the demise of the veteran actor.
He wrote, "We have lost Arvind Trivedi, who was not only an exceptional actor but also was passionate about public service. For generations of Indians, he will be remembered for his work in the Ramayana TV serial. Condolences to the families and admirers of both actors. Om Shanti."
Apart from playing the iconic character of Ravana in 'Ramayana', Arvind had also played a key role in the hit TV show 'Vikram Aur Betaal'.
The late star had a prolific career spanning more than three decades in the Gujarati cinema. 'Desh Re Joya Dada Pardesh Joya' remains one of the most popular Gujarati films of all time.
Arvind had also dabbled in politics by serving as a Member of Parliament from 1991 to 1996. For a brief period, between 2002 and 2003, the late actor had also served as an acting chairman for the Central Board for Film Certification (CBFC).