It is with deep regret that we announce the demise of esteemed Marathi actor and director, Ravindra Mahajani, at the age of 77. Mahajani, celebrated for his remarkable contributions to Marathi cinema, had established himself as a highly respected figure in the industry.
Throughout his extensive career spanning several decades, Mahajani graced numerous films and theater productions, leaving an indelible mark on the world of entertainment. His exceptional performances in movies such as “Mumbaicha Faujdar,” “Aram Haram Ahe,” “Zoonj,” and “Bolo He Chakradhari” garnered widespread critical acclaim and garnered him a dedicated fan base. Notably, his son, Gashmeer Mahajani, follows in his footsteps as an actor and is well-known for his work in Marathi cinema.
Early in his career, Ravindra Mahajani drove taxis and diligently auditioned for film roles. From the late seventies to the mid-eighties, he featured prominently in Marathi films, solidifying his reputation as a prominent figure in the industry. Mahajani’s charismatic personality and striking appearance earned him the moniker “the Vinod Khanna of the Marathi film industry.” Director N. Chandra, captivated by his resemblance to Vinod Khanna, approached him to star in his 1986 film “Ankush,” a role that Mahajani humbly declined.
Additionally, Mahajani left an indelible impact with his captivating presence in romantic songs, including “Ha Sagar Kinara,” “Sumbaran Gao Deva,” and “Phite Andharache Jaale.” His film “Devta” resonated deeply with rural audiences and remains popular to this day. His notable roles in films such as “Duniya Kari Salam” (1979), “Mumbai cha Fauzdar” (1984), “Zoonj” (1989), “Kalat Nakalat” (1990), and “Aaram Haram Ahe” garnered significant acclaim. Notably, “Aaram Haram Ahe” emerged as a major hit, while “Laxmi Chi Pavale” achieved blockbuster success.
After a brief hiatus, Ravindra Mahajani made a triumphant comeback with the 2015 film “Kay Rao Tumhi.” His undeniable talent and immense contributions to the Marathi film industry will be remembered and cherished by audiences and colleagues alike.
The loss of Ravindra Mahajani is mourned by the entire film fraternity, and his presence will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and loved ones during this difficult time.