Think of the film 'Sadak' and the one name that comes to mind is 'Maharani' a brothel-running eunuch' who strikes fear in the hearts of everyone' including the protagonists.
Like 'Sholay' 'Sadak' was one of the rare films in Bollywood which became famous for its antagonist rather than the protagonist…the character was played by none other than the late Sadashiv Amrapurkar who recently passed away following complications related to his lungs.
Born Ganesh Kumar Nalawade' Sadashiv developed a love for acting during his school and college days' when he would participate in theatre. After starting his career in Marathi cinema' Sadashiv caught the eye of Govind Nihalani' who wanted a talented actor to play the antagonist in his 'Ardh Satya'. Sadashiv was signed up to play the villain Rama Shetty and needless to say' the movie became a hit and Sadashiv Amrapurkar found fame overnight.
Following Ardh Satya' Sadashiv went on to play the baddie in many films through the 80s and 90s. One of his best performances was as 'Maharani' in Sadak and the character became so iconic that the actor became the first recipient of the Filmfare Best Actor In A Negative Role' a category that was instituted that very year.
In the mid-1990s he migrated towards supporting roles and comic roles such as in Aankhen' Ishq' Coolie No. 1' Gupt: The Hidden Truth' Aunty No. 1' Jai Hind and Master. He played the role of Dr. Khanna in the 1996 film Chhote Sarkar.
After the 2000s' Amrapurkar has been rarely seen in Hindi movies and his last screen role was a cameo in the short film by Dibakar Banerjee in 'Bombay Talkies' (2012)' where he shared screen space with Nawazuddin Siddiqui.
The veteran actor' who was unwell sine quite some time' passed away on November 3 due to complications related to his lungs.