06/09/2019 7:43 AM IST | Updated 06/09/2019 9:43 AM IST

Kiran Nagarkar, Renowned Novelist And Playwright, Dies At 77

Nagarkar, a Sahitya Akademi Award winner, was accused of sexual harassment in 2018.

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Kiran Nagarkar at India International Centre on March 14, 2015 in New Delhi.

MUMBAI — Noted novelist and playwright Kiran Nagarkar, known for his books ‘Cuckold,’ and ‘Bedtime Stories’, died on Thursday night at the age of 77.

Nagarkar, a Sahitya Akademi Award winner, had been ailing for some time and was admitted to a hospital in south Mumbai where he died at night, hospital sources said.

The novelist, playwright, film and drama critic, and bilingual screenwriter was accused of sexual harassment by at least three women in 2018. 

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Among his most known works are ‘Saat Sakkam Trechalis’ (Seven Sixes Are Forty Three) (1974), ‘Ravan and Eddie’ (1994) and the epic English novel ‘Cuckold’ (1997), for which he was honoured with the 2001 Sahitya Akademi Award.

Nagarkar’s novel ‘The Extras’, which is a sequel to ‘Ravan and Eddie’, traces the adult lives of Ravan and Eddie as extras in Bollywood. It was released in late January 2012.

Completing the trilogy, Nagarkar released ‘Rest in Peace: Ravan & Eddie’ in 2015.

Nagarkar released his latest novel ‘Jasoda’ in November 2017.

(With newsroom inputs)