The renowned face of entertainment industry Rajesh Vivek died on January 14, 2016 at the age of 66 due to a massive heart attack at Hyderabad. He will be most remembered for his role of the astrologer Guran in Lagaan. A versatile artist, Rajesh acted in number of tele-serials and films. News about his death came as a big shock to his fans and colleagues.
Born on January 31, 1949 Rajesh Vivek was native of Uttar Pradesh. A Brahmin by birth he was son of Raj Bahadur Upadhyay & Prem Kumari Upadhyay. he completed his Post Graduation in History & Archaeology from T.D.Degree College, Jaunpur(Uttar Pradesh). Alumni of National School of Drama he was introduced to Indian cinema by iconic film director Shyam Benegal in his film Junoon.
The revered artist and a theatre actor Rajesh Vivek made his presence felt by playing the role of Veda Vyasa, in popular teleseries Mahabharata. This was only the beginning as the coming years saw him performing various roles. Either as a villain in Veerana and Joshilay or as comedic/supporting roles in God Tussi Great Ho, Mujhse Shaadi Karogi, and Bunty Aur Babli, he did all with brilliance. Till date he is remembered for his acting in TV Serial Aghori which is his horror best. Although, far from the limelight he was one of the most popular faces of entertainment industry. TV commercial of Cadbury 5 star featuring him as the father of the two sons went viral making the product extremely popular.
He passed away in Hyderabad on January 14 after suffering from a massive heart. His last rites were performed by his son Vaibhav at Pawan Hans crematorium in suburban Mumbai. Many of his friends from Bollywood came to pay their tribute to the departed soul.
B-Town took to twitter to express their grief:
Aamir Khan : Yesterday we lost someone from the Lagaan family.... Rajesh Vivek. You will always remain in our hearts Baba. Your spirit, your energy and your love for humanity will always inspire us. Love. a.
Rishi Kapoor: So sad to know this.My deepest heartfelt sympathies to all concerned to Viveks family and kin.So sorry. What a lovely actor. All at RK mourn
Rajesh Vivek. Wonderful actor and a friend. R I P
Anupam Kher: Saddened to know about the demise of my friend, senior in NSD & a very fine actor Rajesh Vivek. He was a Mast Maula in true sense. RIP.
Alok Nath: RIP Rajesh Vivek..pyar se hum aapko prabhu bulate the.. keep the original entertained. will miss u big time 'prabhu'
Manoj Bajpayee: राजेश विवेक जी की अकस्मात मृत्यु से काफी दुख हुआ भगवान उनकी आत्मा को शांति दे उनकी यादें हमेशा साथ रहेंगी bandit queen में हम साथ में थे
Tigmanshu Dhulia: Our senior from NSD Rajesh Vivek passed away have great memories of him while doing Bandit queen RIP Rajesh bhai
Satish Kaushik: We will miss #RajeshVivek for his great performances in theatre and films.my NSD senior who was just terrific in every role he did..Baba RIP
Ashoke Pandit: Sad to know about the demise of #RajeshVivek, one of the finest actors & a great human being. Lived a faqir's life. RIP!
(FAN OF Mr. RAJESH VIVEK)
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