Mumbai, September 16, 2023 – In a tragic turn of events, veteran actor Birbal, known for his iconic role in the timeless Bollywood classic “Sholay,” passed away today due to a sudden heart attack. The 85-year-old actor breathed his last at his residence in Mumbai.
Birbal, whose real name was Satinder Kumar Khosla, had captured the hearts of millions with his memorable portrayal of the character of a quirky and comedic jailer in the 1975 blockbuster movie “Sholay.” His impeccable comic timing and distinctive screen presence earned him a special place in the annals of Indian cinema.
The actor had been ailing for some time, but his demise came as a shock to both the film fraternity and his fans. He had successfully transitioned from his early career as a stand-up comedian to a versatile character actor, leaving an indelible mark on the Hindi film industry.
Born on October 1, 1937, in Delhi, Birbal made his debut in Bollywood with the film “Do Bigha Zameen” in 1953. Over the span of his illustrious career, he appeared in over 200 films, showcasing his acting prowess in various genres, including comedy, drama, and even action.
Birbal’s comedic timing was a class apart, and he became a sought-after actor for roles that required humor and wit. His memorable performances in movies like “Amar Akbar Anthony,” “Muqaddar Ka Sikandar,” and “Chupke Chupke” solidified his position as one of the industry’s most beloved character actors.
The news of Birbal’s passing has sent shockwaves through the film industry, with many actors and filmmakers expressing their condolences on social media. Fans have also been paying tribute to the late actor by sharing their favorite moments from his films.
Birbal’s contributions to Indian cinema will always be remembered, and he leaves behind a legacy that continues to entertain and inspire generations of moviegoers. His sudden demise is a great loss to the film fraternity, and he will be dearly missed.
The actor is survived by his family, friends, and countless admirers who will forever cherish his timeless performances on the silver screen. Funeral arrangements are currently being made, and a final farewell to this legendary actor will be held in Mumbai in the coming days.