On veteran actor Sadashiv Amrapurkar's birth anniversary, we pay tribute with a compilation of lesser known facts about the versatile artist
1. Sadashiv Amrapurkar's real name was Ganesh Kumar Narwode, and he was fondly referred to as Tatya among his family and friend circle
2. Director Govind Nihalani watched the play Marathi stage play 'Hands-Up!', in which Amrapurkar acted with Avinash Masurekar and Bhakti Barve-Inamdar, and decided to cast him as Rama Shetty in 'Ardh Satya'
3. In 1984, he won the Filmfare Award for the best supporting actor for 'Ardh Satya', which was his debut film
4. In 1991, Amrapurkar won the Filmfare best villain trophy for his portrayal of a ruthless eunuch in 'Sadak'. This was the first time the award was given in the 'negative' category
5. In a career spanning three decades, Amrapurkar acted in over 300 movies in Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Oriya and Haryanvi
6. In 1987, he starred as the main villain in Dharamendra starrer 'Hukumat', which was the highest-grossing film of that year, beating even Mr. India
The actor gave an award-winning performance as a ruthless eunuch in 'Sadak'
7. In March 2013, some people attacked him after he protested against water wastage during Holi festival near his residence in Mumbai
8. Amrapurkar was last seen on the big screen in 2012 film 'Bombay Talkies'
9. When Amrapurkar was approached for a role in the short film to be directed by Dibakar Banerjee as part of 'Bombay Talkies', he didn't even know who Dibakar Banerjee was!
10. He was actively involved in social work during his last years