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Veteran Actor Lalit Behl Dies of Covid-19

Photo Credit - Lalit Behl as Professor in the serial, By Ravideepam, Licensed Under CC Attribution 3.0

Lalit Behl, the actor and director, died of Covid-19 related complications in New Delhi on Friday.

He was 71.

“He passed away in the afternoon. He had a history of heart ailments and had Covid, so it got complicated. He had an infection in his lungs which got severe and that, with the previous medical history he had, complicated his health further,” his son Kanu Behl told PTI, according to a report in Firstpost.

The veteran actor, who was known for films like Titli and Mukti Bhawan, was diagnosed with Covid-19 last week and was getting treated at the Apollo Hospital, where he died.

Starting his career as a theatre actor, Behl initially directed and appeared in several telefilms and television serials, including AfsaaneTapish, and Dhoop Chhaon. He also directed and produced  telefilms on Doordarshan, like Aatish, Sunehri Jild. He had formed a theatre group named Kapurthala in Punjab. He studied theatre and worked at New Delhi’s National School of Drama.

He made his big-screen debut in his son Kanu Behl’s directorial debut Titli in 2014. He was also seen in Amazon Prime Video’s web series Made in Heaven and the film Judgementall Hai Kya.

Several celebrities took to social media to mourn the loss of Behl.

Actor Adil Hussain, who played Behl’s son in Mukti Bhawan, took to Twitter to condole the actor’s demise. He wrote that he felt the loss of a father once again.

Actor Ranvir Shorey wrote, “He was warm and affectionate and wise. Learnt so much from him.”

Lipstick Under My Burkha director Alankrita Shrivastava wrote, “Loved him in Titli and Mukti Bhawan. Had the honour of directing him in Made In Heaven. Such precious memories!”

Behl is survived by his wife, actor Navnindra Behl, son Kanu Behl, his daughter-in-law, music composer Sneha Khanwalkar and grandson Dunya.

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