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Another actor lost his life to cancer and ironically on World Cancer Day.

Veteran Indian actor Ramesh Bhatkar succumbed to his battle with cancer at the age of 70 on Monday, February 4. Well-known for his characters in the popular TV series ‘Commander’ and ‘Hello Inspector’, Ramesh Bhatkar was suffering from lung cancer for past one and a half years. With his career spanning 30 years in Hindi as well as Marathi cinema, the actor had quite an active life both on and off screen. Some of his last films were ‘Aai Pahije’, ‘Maherchi Sadi’, ‘Bhavesh Joshi Superhero’ and ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’, which was his most recent stint.

HappyAging dug deep in Ramesh’s life and found that apart from being a class actor, he was also a champion swimmer who represented his college’s aquatic team, and was a passionate kho-kho player with the celebrated Vijay Club in Dadar. Despite having an active lifestyle, the actor was diagnosed with cancer and suffered immense pain in last one month of his life. As per PTI, the actor was in ICU for the last 15 days in Mumbai’s Elizabeth hospital, where he breathed his last.

My team and I were shocked to learn about Ramesh’s cancer as he never shared about the disease or showed any signs of discomfort during the shoots.

We spoke to Vijay Ratnakar Gutte, the director of ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’, with whom Ramesh Bhatkar last worked. He said, “Ramesh was a very pleasant and cheerful person. He was a people’s person and quite warm to work with. He was a one-take actor, with whom I did not have to discuss much. My team and I were shocked to learn about Ramesh’s cancer as he never shared about the disease or showed any signs of discomfort during the shoots. We also never saw him smoking so lung cancer came as a shock.”

Such is life – unpredictable and incomprehensible, and so is cancer. One can only look at the preventions and risk factors to reduce their chances of getting the disease.

As per reports published on CancerIndia.org, there are 7,84,821 cancer-related deaths in India and it is shocking that the numbers are only increasing. It is high time we initiate the dialogue and make ourselves more aware about the disease.

We at HappyAging are consistently working to raise awareness about the disease.

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We offer our heartfelt condolences to Ramesh Bhatkar’s family to deal with this loss, and we bid adieu to the gifted actor who will be remembered for his great work.

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