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Renowned Marathi, Hindi films and stage actress Ashalata Wabgaonkar passed away

Mumbai:22/9/20: Renowned Marathi, Hindi films, and stage actress Ashalata Wabgaonkar passed away after a four-day battle with COVID-19 at a private hospital in Satara. She was 79. She was in a critical condition when admitted to a private hospital last weekend. Her end came at the hospital early on Tuesday morning. Popularly known as Ashalata, the Goa-born actress had reportedly contracted the infection during the shootings of a teleserial.

Ashalata Wabgaonkar was in Satara to shoot for a Marathi TV serial, Aai Kalubai. Reportedly, she, along with about 20 members of the TV serial crew tested positive for the novel coronavirus there. As per reports, Ashalata Wabgaonkar’s last rites will be performed in Satara. Confirming the news, Renuka Shahane tweeted in Marathi on Tuesday, “Today has been a frustrating day. COVID took a very beautiful life. Ashalata Tai merged into infinity. Extremely kind, loving, sensitive, great artist. Peace be upon the soul of Ashalata Tai, who has always blessed me by saying ‘Baby’. A heartfelt tribute (sic).” Ashalata is a popular face in television, films as well as in the Indian theatre scene. For the uninformed, she started her acting career with theatre, primarily in Marathi and Konkani plays, and later went on to act in over a hundred Hindi and Marathi films.

Ashalata is a popular face in television, films as well as in the Indian theatre scene. For the uninformed, she started her acting career with theatre, primarily in Marathi and Konkani plays, and later went on to act in over a hundred Hindi and Marathi films. Ashalata Wabgaonkar’s Hindi debut was in Basu Chatterjee’s Apne Paraye. She can be credited for films like Ankush, Ahista Ahista, Shaukeen, Woh Saat Din, Namak Halaal, and several others. Marathi films like Umbartha, Navri Mile Navryala, and Vahinichi Maya are also part of her repertory of work.

 

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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