Filmmaker Govind Nihalani was instrumental in introducing actor Sadashiv Amrapurkar to Hindi cinema. He says that it was the best decision to cast him as Rama Shetty in his film Ardh Satya.
Mr Amrapurkar died early Monday following a lung infection. He was 64.
"I am proud to say that my film Ardh Satya introduced Sadashiv Amrapurkar to Hindi cinema. Prior to that he was enormously active and acclaimed in Marathi theatre. How I signed Sadashiv to play the antagonist Rama Shetty makes an interesting story," said Nihalani.
Mr Nihalani and writer Vijay Tendulkar were discussing the characters in Ardh Satya and the latter suggested the young actor from Marathi theatre for Rama Shetty's role.
"I had never seen Sadashiv's work before. So I went to see his Marathi play, a comedy called Hands Up, in which he was paired opposite the legendary Bhakti Bharve. Now, everyone knows Bhakti to be a fine actress. But Sadashiv who was relatively new stood his ground and gave a rousing performance. I noticed his great comic timing.
Mr Amrapurkar bagged two Filmfare awards - in 1984 he won the award for the best supporting actor for Ardh Satya and in 1991, the best villain trophy for his portrayal of a ruthless eunuch in Sadak - during his stint in Bollywood. The actor is also known for his scintillating performances in films like Mr. India, Aankhen, Ishq, Coolie No. 1 and Gupt: The Hidden Truth among others.