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The actress breathed her last yesterday at a suburban hospital

By Kunal M Shah and Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; November 11, 2009)


Simple Kapadia, Dimple Kapadia’s younger sister, is no more. She breathed her last yesterday afternoon in a hospital at Andheri.

The former actress-turned-costume designer had been undergoing treatment at various hospitals since the last few years. It is believed that she was suffering from cancer but the family was always tightlipped about it.

A source says, “The family was under terrible stress because of Simple’s illness. They never spoke about it then and they will not speak about it even now.”

Director Rahul Dholakia, who was present at the hospital when Simple breathed her last, says, “My friend is no more. I really can’t talk.”

A family friend says, “Akshay Kumar (Dimple’s son-in-law) is returning from Baramati, where he is shooting for Priyadarshan’s next film.”

Simple began her career when she was 18. She made her debut in 1977 with Anurodh, where she was paired opposite her brother-in-law Rajesh Khanna. Later, she worked in Hum Rahe Na Hum, Tumhare Bina, Jeevan Dhaara, Zamane Ko Dikhana Hai, Dulha Bikta Hai, Naseeb, Shakka, Lootmaar, Man Pasand, Ahsaas, Rehguzar, Chakravuyha and Pyar Ke Do Pal. She quit acting in 1986 after Pyar Ke Do Pal. Later in 1994, she worked as a costume designer for Rudaali and won a National award for it.

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Marathi film and stage actor Nilu Phule died on Monday at a hospital in Pune after a long battle with cancer
By Kunal M Shah / Ashwini Deshmukh (MUMBAI MIRROR; July 14, 2009)
Veteran Marathi film and stage personality Nilu Phule died at Pune’s Jehangir hospital on Monday morning at 1.50am. He was 80. The actor breathed his last in the hospital where he had been admitted on July 5 for treatment of cancer of the oesophagus.

He is survived by his wife and daughter. The funeral was held in Pune yesterday morning.

Phule had acted in over 130 films, including some Hindi films and many Marathi plays for over four decades. He had also acted in memorable Hindi films like Pinjra, Samna and Sinhasaan. He was best remembered for Coolie, Woh Saat Din, Mashaal, Saaransh and Prem Pratigya.


Remembering Nilu Phule

He was extremely fond of reading English novels-SACHIN PILGAONKAR

Sachin Pilgaokar

I had the opportunity to work with Nilu bhau in 1971 in a film produced by my father. He played a negative role and I was a child artiste. He often stayed with us whenever he was in Mumbai and it was always a pleasant experience to be with him. He had a tremendous voice and carried himself very well. Despite being a star, he never refused to act in stage dramas. He perpetually suffered from colds but he (smartly) incorporated it (the sniffles) in his acting. For instance, he used his voice to his advantage, which might have been a hindrance for any other actor. When I became a director, I also had the opportunity to direct him in Maza Pati Crorepati.

He was extremely fond of reading English novels so I made him speak English dialogue in my film which was a first for him. We will miss him not only as an actor but also a friend. He was always humble and down-to-earth.

He had an amazing screen presence-PADMINI KOLHAPURE

Padmini Kolhapure

I worked with Nilu Phule in Woh Saat Din and working with a veteran actor like him is an experience by itself. It was a typically Maharashtrian atmosphere on the sets and we worked like a family. I always looked up to him. He has portrayed such brilliant characters for years that as an audience, I enjoyed all his films irrespective of whether he played a villain, a comic character or a hero. His style of acting was distinctive, completely unique. He had an amazing screen presence. Indian cinema is going to miss him dearly.

He taught me a lot about acting and life — Ashok Saraf

What a wonderful man Nilu Phule was. He contributed tremendously to Marathi cinema with his unique style and landmark performances. He was not only a brilliant actor but also a great human being. I feel a great sense of loss; he was a great friend of mine.

I was a junior and he was a veteran, but he never treated me like a junior. He was a co-star. He not only encouraged me, but also taught me a lot about acting and life. He was a great example of tolerance.

The industry has lost an actor but I have lost a great personal friend, my supporter and a fan. It was great fun working with him. He was an extremely sensible and a sensitive human being. He had a great knack of cheering up other actors on the sets, which is rare in the industry.

Very few people know about his social commitments-AMOL PALEKAR

Amol Palekar

Nilu bhau believed in understated acting. Even the pitch of his voice was so amazingly understated that it was a revelation to youngsters like me. I remember his performance in Katha Aklechya Kandyachi and Sakharam Binder, which I watched 10 times just to see his performance.

It’s the end of an era. Very few people know about his social commitments and his belief that artistes must give back in every possible way to society.



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