Kishore Pradhan
Kishore Pradhan passes away at 86Twitter

Veteran actor Kishore Pradhan, who was known for his comic roles in Hindi and Marathi films, has passed away Saturday morning. He was 86.

Popular Marathi writer and poet Chandrashekhar Gokhale shared the sad news of the actor's demise with his fans on Facebook.

"Kishore Pradhan is no more? I just can't believe it. He earned immense praise for impeccably mimicking Johny Walker and Jagdip and not to forget his impersonation of Dada Kondke which shot him to that unmatched fame. But there was no one who could impersonate Kishore Ji. Forget mimicry, I just can't explain what kind of spell he used to cast on everyone with his mesmerising act. Try to reminisce his act of a station master in Jab We Met in which he used to lecture Kareena Kapoor and then used to contract when she used to get angry at him, you will get that slightest idea about his body of work (loose translation from Marathi)," Chandrashekhar Gokhale wrote on Facebook.

His performances in films like Imtiaz Ali's Jab We Met, Mahesh Manjrekar's Lalbaug Parel, Lage Raho Munnabhai and Santosh Manjrekar's Shivaji Raje Bhonsle Boltoy had garnered him a lot of appreciation not only from critics but from audience as well.

He has acted in more than 100 Marathi films, about 18 English plays. He would used to participate in his college festivals and then started his own theatre group called Natraj.

He was last seen in Marathi film, Subh Lagna Savdhaan. His popular dialogue "Akeli ladki khuli hui tijori ki tarah hoti hai" from Jab We Met had made home in audience hearts.