15/01/2016 9:00 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

Actor Rajesh Vivek Passes Away In Hyderabad

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MUMBAI -- Bollywood actor Rajesh Vivek, mainly known for his roles in superhits like Lagaan (2001) and Swades (2004), died due to a heart attack in Hyderabad yesterday.

He was 66.

"Rajesh passed away around 3 PM in Hyderabad due to a heart attack. He was shooting there for a south Indian film. It is very shocking news," Vivek's friend Vishnu Sharma told PTI yesterday.

"We were close friends. We knew each other for last 40 years. He was fine. It was not that he was unwell or anything like that," he said.

Vivek was first introduced by Shyam Benegal in his film Junoon (1978).

Basically a theatre actor, he had also acted in popular television series Mahabharata, Bharat Ek Khoj and in Aghori.

He made his mark as a villain in the beginning with films like Veerana (1988) and Joshilaay (1989), often playing roles of henchman, but later on he started doing comic or supporting roles.

Some of his latest films include Bunty Aur Babli (2005), Bhoot Unkle (2006), What's Your Raashee (2009), Agneepath (2012), Son of Sardaar (2012), Dishkiyaoon (2014).

He had played the role of a dreaded dacoit in Bandit Queen (1994).

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