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Actor Sitaram Panchal of ‘Peepli Live' fame passes away

Acclaimed Bollywood actor Sitaram Panchal passed away at the age of 54 after a long battle with kidney and lung cancer.

Aug 10, 2017 12:22 IST
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 Bollywood actor Sitaram Panchal passes away Acclaimed Bollywood actor Sitaram Panchal passed away early morning on 10 August 2017 after battling kidney and lung cancer. He was 54.

"He died today morning. He was suffering from cancer and wasn’t keeping well since the past few months," said family sources.

The actor, best known for his unconventional roles in films like Peepli Live, Slumdog Millionaire, Paan Singh Tomar and Jolly LLB, passed away at his residence in Mumbai after celebrating his 26th wedding anniversary with his wife Uma Panchal and son Rishabh Panchal.

In his last days, the actor faced severe financial issues. He had even put up a post on social media seeking financial help for his cancer treatment last month. The Cine & TV Artistes Association (CINTAA) had come forward to help the actor. Panchal was discharged from the hospital last month.

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Sitaram Panchal’s film journey

• The actor made his Bollywood debut in 1994 with ‘Bandit Queen’.

• He was a graduate of National School of Drama.

• He featured in several critically acclaimed films including Anusha Rizvi’s Peepli Live, Tigmanshu Dhulia’s Paan Singh Tomar, Rajkumar Santoshi’s The Legend of Bhagat Singh and Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire.

• Even after the diagnosis, he filmed Shyam Benegal’s TV series, Samvidhan, while undergoing treatment in a Mumbai suburb, Mumbra.

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