Noted film and television actor Narendra Jha, best known for his performance in films such as Raees, Kaabil and Haider, died on 14 March after a heart attack, according to the family. He was 55.
The actor died at his farmhouse in Wada.
“Yes, he has passed away. He got a heart attack 14 March early morning while he was at his farmhouse. He was here because he was not keeping well,” a family member told.
Jha began his acting career on TV with hit shows like Shanti, Ithihass, Captain House.
The actor gradually moved to films but continued his hold on the small screen, appearing in Shyam Benegal’s Samvidhaan, comedy show Begusarai and Chhoona Hai Aasmaan.
He played Shahid Kapoor’s father in Vishal Bhardwaj’s Haider and bootlegger Musa Bhai in Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Raees. He was set to appear in Prabhas-starrer Saaho.
Condolence messages began pouring on Twitter as the news of actor’s sudden death spread.
Rahul Dholakia, who directed Raees, tweeted: “Gosh !! Tragic. Shocking. Musa bhai no more?? RIPNarendraJha.”
Actor Sonu Sood tweeted, “That’s so sad. He was a lovely human being. May his soul rest in peace.”
Director Hansal Mehta tweeted, “What a shocker! Narendra Jha? This profession is truly a killer.”
Cine & TV Artists Association also condoled the actor’s death.
“@CintaaOfficial expresses it’s deepest condolence on the sudden demise of Shri #NarendraJha. May his soul Rest in Peace.”
Producer Ekta Kapoor, who worked with Jha in Ithihass, wrote, “From captain house to ithihass he was one of the first actors I worked with #RipNarendrajha.”