Chaitanya Tamhane’s ‘Court’ Actor Vira Sathidar dies due to Covid-19. He was admitted to a hospital in Nagpur where he breathed his last early morning on Tuesday. The court is a Marathi language legal drama where Sathidar played the role of a teacher and a protest poet, Narayan Kamble. The film won a National Award.
Vira Sathidar, a cultural activist was an active participant in the Ambedkarite movement in Maharashtra. Meanwhile, he was also convenor of the Indian People’s Theatre Association.
Chaitanya Tamhane, the director of Court, told the Indian Express, “Right now I am shocked and totally speechless. He was one of the nicest people I have met and we were blessed to have him as the face of Court. I am still processing the news, it is just extremely sad.”
The actor, who was in his early sixties, was admitted to a city hospital after he contracted the coronavirus.
According to Tamhane, who directed him in the acclaimed 2014 Court, the actor was put on a ventilator and breathed his last around 3 AM.
#ViraSathidar, the activist poet in #ChaitanyaTamhane’s #Court (he was a poet and activist in real life as well) has died due to Covid. In his honor we should all watch #Court again. pic.twitter.com/whM9RQgrbI
— Aseem Chhabra (@chhabs) April 13, 2021
“It’s true. He passed away at around 3 AM in the hospital. He had COVID-19 and was on a ventilator. It’s extremely unfortunate news. It is yet to sink in,” Tamhane told PTI.
Sathidar rose to prominence after playing the role of protest singer Narayan Kamble in Court, who is accused of encouraging a manhole worker to commit suicide through one of his folk songs.
Apart from Court, which was India’s official entry to Oscars 2016, Sathidar went on to feature in two more short films.
Vira Sathidar was also a poet, writer, singer and lyricist. He was the editor of the Marathi magazine Vidrohi.
Editor of “Vidrohi”, cultural activist Vira Sathidar has passed away. Another great life taken away by the pandemic. Our humble tribute to a revolutionary beacon of the anti-caste movement pic.twitter.com/U5flnRfr2P
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