TV actor Ajit Vachhani dies at 52

MUMBAI: Film and television artiste Ajit Vachhani passed away at a private hospital in the city today, following a prolonged illness. He was 52. The nature of his illness is not known yet.

Ajit Vachhani with wife Charusheela at the Indian Telly Awards 2002 function

Vachhani was a popular television figure. He started his TV career with Samvaad Video's Bante Bigadte in 1985. Rakesh Chaudhary, producer of the serial, who debuted with Vachhani says, "Vachhani was a really different man -- someone you can call a kind soul. He was a very helpful, accommodative and understanding guy."

Chaudhary and Vachhani worked in six serials together. Bazaar and Aaisa Bhi Hota Hai were some well-known ones. "I wish we could have done a couple of more serials together," Chaudhary laments.

Vachhani has acted in over 50 Hindi films, three Sindhi films and was a regular in Gujarati and Marathi plays. He acted in Sooraj Barjatya's Maine Pyaar Kiya, Hum Aapke Hain Koun... a nd Hum Saath-Saath Hai. His other films include Mr India, Aankhen, Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega, Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani and Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa.

Vachhani's last serial, Ek Mahal Ho Sapnon Ka, ran for 1,000 episodes in Gujarati, Hindi and Marathi. He made a name in the industry as a character artiste.

Vachhani's body has been taken to his Yari Road residence. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.

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