On Wednesday, March 15, 2023, veteran actor Sameer Khakhar passed away due to multiple organ failure. His brother, Ganesh Khakhar, confirmed the news. Sameer, who was 71 years old, had been admitted to MM Hospital in Borivali, Mumbai, where he passed away.
Details of Sameer Khakhar’s health issues
Reports suggest that Sameer Khakhar had been suffering from respiratory and urinary issues for some time. Speaking to ETimes, Sameer’s cousin brother Ganesh Khakhar said, “He was suffering from respiratory issues, then he went to sleep and went unconscious. We called the doctor and he suggested that we admit him to the hospital. His heart was not working properly and he had urinary issues too. He was kept on a ventilator, gradually he collapsed at 4:30 am this morning.”
Tributes pour in for Sameer Khakhar
As news of Sameer Khakhar’s demise spread, tributes poured in from across the film and TV industries. Filmmaker Hansal Mehta took to Twitter to share pictures of Sameer and paid his tribute. He wrote, “For some reason I was nicknamed Khopdi in college after his iconic character in Nukkad. My closest friends from the time still call me Khopdi. But I guess it’s time to say goodbye to the OG. Goodbye Sameer Khakhar. Thank you for the memories.”
Sameer Khakhar’s career in TV and films
Sameer Khakhar had a long and illustrious career in both TV and films. He was best known for his role as Khopdi in the popular TV show Nukkad, which aired in the late 1980s. He also appeared in other popular shows such as Manorajan, Circus, Naya Nukkad, Shrimaan Shrimati, and Adaalat. Sameer was last seen on the TV show Sanjivani with co-stars Surbhi Chandna and Namit Khanna. He was also a well-known name in Gujarati theatre.
Sameer Khakhar’s memorable role in Nukkad
Sameer Khakhar’s portrayal of Khopdi in Nukkad remains one of his most memorable roles. The character, who had a skull-shaped dent in his head, was a beloved part of the popular TV show, which aired in the 1980s. Nukkad, which was created by writer-director Kundan Shah, depicted the struggles of ordinary people living in a bustling Mumbai neighborhood. Khopdi, a quirky and endearing character, was known for his funny antics and his love for cricket. Sameer’s portrayal of Khopdi earned him widespread recognition and adoration from audiences across the country.
Sameer Khakhar’s contribution to the entertainment industry
Apart from his iconic role in Nukkad, Sameer Khakhar had a long and illustrious career in the entertainment industry. He appeared in several TV shows and films, including Circus, Manorajan, Shrimaan Shrimati, and Jai Ho, among others. He was also a well-known figure in Gujarati theatre, where he performed in several plays. Sameer was known for his versatility as an actor, and his ability to bring depth and nuance to his performances.
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