Renowned Marathi and Bollywood actress Ashalata Wabgaonkar died at a hospital in Satara on Tuesday after battling with Covid-19. She was 79. She was admitted to a private hospital in a critical condition last weekend following her COVID-19 diagnosis. She infected while shooting for a Marathi serial “Aai mazi kalubai”.
“Her condition worsened on Monday evening and she was put on ventilator support. She breathed her last today morning,” a senior doctor from the hospital said. The actress was in Satara for a shooting.
Veteran Actress acted in several Marathi and Hindi films and Marathi plays. As soon as the news of her death came a lot of celebrities including Lata Mangeshkar, Renuka Shahane, Ajinkya R Deo and others mourned her demise.
Lata Mangeshkar tweeted, “I am deeply saddened to hear the news of the very famous actress Ashalata Wabagavkar’s death in dramas and films. We also honoured her with the Dinanath Pratishthan Award. We and she had a great relationship. God is their May the soul rest in peace. ”
Former Chief Minister of Goa, Digambar Kamat, confirmed the news in a tweet, paying tribute to the Goa-born actress. “Deeply pained by the passing away of acclaimed Goan Artist Ashalata Wabgaonkar. Her splendid performances in theatre & films will keep inspiring the generations to come. My condolences to her family & fans. May her soul rest in peace,” Kamat tweeted.
Renuka Shahane which was originally written in Marathi read, “Today has been a frustrating day. COVID took a very beautiful life. Ashalata Tai merged into infinity. Extremely kind, loving, sensitive, great artist. Peace be upon the soul of Ashalata Tai, who has always blessed me by saying “Baby”. A heartfelt tribute.”
Marathi actor Ajinkya R Deo wrote, “Goshhh Ashalata wabgaonkar who played my mother in film Maherchi sadi and many more is no more cannot believe it may she rest in peace such a nice lady and lovable person just can’t believe she is no more. RIP.”
Ashalata worked in over 100 Hindi and Marathi films. Her notable Hindi films include ‘Apne Paraye’, ‘Ankush’, ‘Woh 7 Din’, ‘Ahista Ahista’, ‘Shaukeen’, and ‘Namak Halal’. Her Marathi films include ‘Umbartha’, ‘Sutradhar’, and ‘Vahinichi Maya’.
Our condolences to her family & fans. May her soul rest in peace.