Sadashiv Amrapurkar (born as Ganesh Kumar Narwode) was an Indian actor who is well known for his performances in Marathi and Hindi films in the 1980s and 90s.
He received the Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Negative Role in 1991 for Sadak — the first time the award was instituted. In addition to negative roles, he has done supporting roles and more recently, comic roles.
Born as Ganesh Kumar Narwode into an affluent Brahmin business family, his father was a well-known personality in Ahmednagar. Sadashiv, fondly known as Tatya in his family and friend circle, grew up in Ahmednagar in a loving family with his parents and a younger brother. He was an active child with lot of friends from all walks of life. He looked out for those less fortunate even at that young age. He attended Navin marathi shala Society high school and Ahmednagar college. He was acting right from his school and college days. While completing his Masters in History at University of Pune, he was already pursuing his passion in theatre. In 1973 ,he married his high school sweetheart, Sunanda Karmarkar. He adopted his stage name Sadashiv Amrapurkar in 1974.
Amrapurkar started his career as an actor in Marathi theatre, eventually acting and directing nearly fifty plays, before transitioning to films. He made his film debut with 22 June 1897 (1979) Marathi historical film directed by Jayoo Patwardhan and Nachiket Patwardhan. He played the role of Bal Gangadhar Tilak in the film.
Being a versatile actor, director and writer, he won a number of prestigious awards in theatre and film. His first film was Govind Nihalani's Ardha Satya (1983) for which he won a filmfare award. He has acted in more than 300 movies in Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Oriya and Haryanvi.
In 1993, he won the best actor in a villainous role Filmfare award, the first time such award was instituted. He was a philanthropist, social activist, and civically engaged in a number of social organizations like Samajik krutadnyata nidhi, andhashraddha nirmulan samiti, Snehalaya, Lokshahi prabodhan vyaspeeth, Ahmednagar Aitihasik Vastu Sangrahalaya and many others. He has always had a soft spot for the rural youth and strived for their development.
In 1981-82, Amrapurkar acted in a Marathi stage play Hands-Up! alongside stage actors Avinash Masurekar and Bhakti Barve-Inamdar. This play was a super-hit and Amrapurkar was noticed by director Govind Nihalani who was searching for an artiste to play the central negative character in his movie Ardha Satya. The movie went on to be a hit and Amrapurkar's acting was appreciated. His style of dialogue delivery was considered unique as compared to the popular Hindi movie villains in those days.
After Adha Satya, Amrapurkar starred in small roles in films such as Purana Mandir, Nasoor, Muddat, Veeru Dada, Jawani, and Farishtay. In 1987, he starred as the main villain in Dharamendra starrer Hukumat which went on to be a blockbuster that grossed even more than Mr. India. Amrapurkar became the 'lucky mascot' for Dharamendra and thereafter they both starred in several movies. In 1991 he appeared as a eunuch in Sadak. He won a Filmfare award for his performance.
In the mid-1990s he migrated towards supporting roles and comic roles such as in Aankhen, Ishq, Coolie No. 1, Gupt: The Hidden Truth, Aunty No. 1, Jai Hind and Master. He played the role of Dr. Khanna in the 1996 film Chhote Sarkar. After the 2000s, Amrapurkar has been rarely seen in Hindi movies, his last screen role was a cameo in the short film by Dibakar Banerjee in Bombay Talkies (2012).
In March 2013, he was severely beaten while he was protesting against water wastage during Holi festival near his residence in Mumbai. He contracted a lung infection in October 2014 resulting in hospitalisation at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital where his condition became critical.
The 64-year-old actor was hospitalised about two weeks ago for lung infection and was in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). He passed away on 03-11-2014 at 2:45 A.M.