Doyen of Hindi and Marathi cinema, Ramesh Deo passed away yesterday due to heart complications at 93 at Kokilaben Ambani Hospital. He had recently undergone a bypass surgery. He is survived by his wife Seema and sons Ajinkya and Abhinay.
Veteran actor Ramesh Deo was known for his masterful acting in more than 285 Hindi films and 190 Marathi films. He has also produced and directed TV serials, ad films and feature films in Hindi and Marathi. Rameshji shot to fame in Marathi films with ‘Andhala Magto Ek Dola’ in 1956. He debuted in Hindi films with Rajshri’s Aarti and was known for films like Anand, Mere Apne, Kora Kaagaz and so on. In recent years, he featured in Jolly LLB and Ghayal Once Again.
While Twitter had Madhuri Dixit and Urmila Matondkar tweeting condolences in Rameshji’s honor, some intimate encounters were shared by directors like Mahesh Manjrekar (Astitva) and Madhur Bhandarkar (Page 3).
Manjrekar credits Rameshji for giving him his first break and teaching him the crux of filmmaking. If he didn’t know how to do something, Deo would tell him to not feel discouraged, instead, he would urge Manjrekar to learn it. The director shared in an interview how he perceived the talent of the late actor and filmmaker. For me, Ramesh Deo was in the same league as legends like Satyajit Ray and Raja Paranjpe. So with his demise, it feels like it’s the end of an era”.
Madhur Bhandarkar tweeted a photo with Ramesh Deo. His tweet said, “Sad to know the demise of veteran actor #RameshDev ji. End of an Era, His contribution to Indian Cinema is immense, he will always be remembered for his Memorable performance in Marathi & Hindi films. Heartfelt Condolences to his family and admirers . #OmShanti”
Indeed, there could be no more fitting tributes than these to honor a legendary figure like the late Ramesh Deo for his contributions to the film world.
Stardust extends its deepest condolences to the late Ramesh Deo’s family. In our hearts, he lives on as Dr. Kulkarni from Anand.