Renowned actor Satinder Kumar Khosla, fondly known as Birbal, peacefully departed from this world in Mumbai on Tuesday at the age of 84, succumbing to a sudden cardiac arrest.
The official page of the Cine & TV Artistes’ Association (CINTAA) confirmed this poignant news, expressing their heartfelt condolences for the loss. The tweet solemnly reads, “CINTAA expresses its condolences on the demise of Birbal (Member since 1981).”
Birbal, recognized for his distinctive bald pate and commanding mustache, graced the silver screen with iconic comic roles that became synonymous with Bollywood during the dynamic decades of the 1960s and 1970s. Perhaps his most unforgettable portrayal was that of a prisoner in the legendary Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra-starrer, “Sholay” (1975).
Birbal’s illustrious acting journey commenced in 1966 with his debut film, “Do Bandhaan.” He went on to leave an indelible mark in the cinematic world, featuring in over 500 movies across multiple languages, including Hindi, Punjabi, and Bhojpuri. Some of his notable cinematic contributions include “Mera Naam Joker” (1970), “Tapasya” (1976), “Gambler” (1995), and “Amir Garib” (1974). His enduring collaboration with the legendary Manoj Kumar enriched Indian cinema, with memorable films such as “Upkar” (1967), “Roti Kapda Aur Makaan” (1974), and “Kranti” (1981).
Birbal’s legacy, etched in his remarkable performances, continues to be cherished by generations of movie enthusiasts, a testament to his timeless talent and contribution to the world of entertainment.