Former leading man segued to TV

Bollywood thesp Navin Nischol died of a heart attack on March 19 in suburban Mumbai, India, while on a holiday road trip to Pune. He was 65.

Nischol was traveling with former filmmaker and buddy Randhir Kapoor to a Holi party when he had the heart attack on the way, according to Indian press reports.

Known as much for a tumultuous personal life as for his films, Nischol played leading man in Hindi films such as 1972’s “Victoria No. 203,” and 1973’s “Dhund.”

A graduate of Pune’s Film and Television Institute of India, Nischol broke into Hindi films with “Sawan bhadon” in 1970. A pleasant actor, he followed that up with a few leading roles including Hrishikesh Mukerjee’s 1970 comedy “Buddha mil gaya”; “Dhund,” based on an Agatha Christie mystery; and “Victoria No. 203,” although he was upstaged in that movie by a pair of aging thesps, Pran and Ashok Kumar, in supporting roles.

In later years Nischol became a character actor in pics like 2001’s “Bollywood Calling,” 2006’s “Khosla ka ghosla” and 2010’s “Break ke baad.” He also appeared in a couple of Punjabi-lingo pics and had a successful TV career in series such as “Dekh bhai dekh.”

Survivors include two daughters from his first marriage.

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