Veteran actor Chandrashekhar passed away today. He was 97. The actor was best known for essaying the role of Arya Sumant in Ramanand Sagar’s television series, ‘Ramayan’. Reportedly he passed away at 7 in the morning today.
He has appeared in about 250 films since his appearance in the 1954 film Aurat Teri Yehi Kahani as an actor. His first film as hero was Surang (1953), produced by V. Shantaram. Some of his characters, as the supporting actor which became popular came in films like Gateway of India, Fashion (1957), Barsaat Ki Raat (1960), Baat Ek Raat Ki, Angulimaal (1960), Rustom-E-Baghdad (1963), King Kong (1962), and Jahan Ara (1964). He also produced, directed and acted in as the lead hero his hit musical film Cha Cha Cha (1964), which was the first film of Helen in a lead role. ‘Cha Cha Cha’ is one of the films featured in Avijit Ghosh’s book ’40 Retakes: Bollywood Classics You May Have Missed’. In 1966, he directed and produced his second film ‘Street Singer’. Chandrashekhar was the leading man in films like Surang , Kavi, Mastana, Baradari, Kali Topi Lal Rumal, Street Singer, and in a negative role in Basant Bahar.
Chandrashekhar decided to work as assistant director to Gulzar at the age of 50. He assisted Gulzar in films like Parichay, Koshish, Achanak, Aandhi, Khushboo and Mausam between 1972 to 1976.
Chandrashekhar served as President of the Cine Artistes Association (CINTAA) from 1985 to 1996. He served in different capacities as President of the Federation of Western India Cine Employees, All India Film Employees Confederation, trustee of Cine Artistes Welfare Fund of India and Cine Artiste Welfare Trust, Vice-President of Indian Film Directors Association, associated as Member with Film Writers Association, Indian Motion Pictures Producers Association.