Arvind Trivedi, Ramayan’s Ravan, passes away at 82

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Veteran actor Arvind Trivedi, who played the role of Ravana in Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayan, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 82.

New Delhi: Veteran actor Arvind Trivedi, who played the role of Ravana in Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayan, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 82.

Arvind’s co-star Sunil Lahiri shared the heartbreaking news with a picture of the late actor and wrote on Instagram early on Wednesday, “Very sad news that our dearest Arvind bhai (Ravana of Ramayana) is no more with us. May his soul rest in peace (This is very sad news. Our dear Arvind bhai is no more with us. May his soul rest in peace).” He said, “I am speechless, I have lost my father, my guiding well-wisher and gentleman.” The actor, who was unwell and unable to walk, died of a heart attack in Mumbai. Arvind was cremated at around 8 am on Wednesday. In May this year, Sunil had rubbished the rumors of Arvind Trivedi’s death. He had asked everyone not to spread fake news in such tense times. Arvind has been a victim of such death trap in the past as well.

Dipika Chikhlia also wrote an emotional note on Instagram. She wrote, “My heart goes out to his family, a very nice person #arvindtrivedi #ravan (sic).” She played the iconic role of Sita in the Ramayana.

Ramanand Sagar wrote, directed and produced the cult hit TV show ‘Ramayana’. The series, which first aired on Doordarshan in 1987, was re-run on the small screen last year after the COVID-19 pandemic-induced lockdown was announced. Many people watched the tuning in to the re-telecast that was aired on DD National.

Apart from playing the iconic character of Ravana in ‘Ramayana’, Arvind also played a pivotal role in the hit TV show ‘Vikram Aur Betaal’.

The late star had an illustrious career spanning over three decades in Gujarati cinema. Desh Re Zoya Dada Pardesh Zoya is one of the most popular Gujarati movies of all time. Apart from his acting, Arvind also ventured into politics by serving as a Member of Parliament from 1991 to 1996. For a brief period, between 2002 and 2003, the late actor also served as an acting chairman for the Central Board of Film Certification. (CBFC).

First published:October 6, 2021, 9:36 am

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