The year 2020 doesn’t seem to be a good year for the Indian Film Industry as another veteran actress from Marathi Film Industry, Ashalata Wabgaonkar, passed away due on Tuesday, due to COVID-19 which is said to be contracted by her on the set of her Marathi TV show, Aai Mazi Kulabai. She was in Satara, a district in Maharashtra, shooting for the same.
As per the report turned in by Mumbai Mirror, the actress was the only one who was in a critical condition whereas the rest of the crew was put under home quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19. Being in a critical condition, she was put on a ventilator at a private hospital in Satara, Maharashtra. The Maharashtrian actress was reportedly showing slow signs of recovery in her health till 21st September’s night. She took her last breathe on September 22, before dawn at 4:45 A.M.
Actress Renuka Shahane confirmed the news by tweeting in Marathi. The tweet read, “Today has been a frustrating day. COVID took a very beautiful life. Ashalata Tai merged into infinity. Extremely kind, loving, sensitive, great artist. Peace be upon the soul of Ashalata Tai, who has always blessed me by saying ‘Baby’. A heartfelt tribute (sic).”
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आज फार हतबल झाल्ये. कोविडनी एक अत्यंत सुंदर जिवाचा बळी घेतला. आशालता ताईं अनंतात विलीन झाल्या. अत्यंत मायाळू, प्रेमळ, संवेदनशील, उत्तम कलाकार. मला नेहमीच "बाळा" म्हणत आशीर्वाद देणाऱ्या आशालता ताईच्या आत्म्याला शांती लाभो. भावपूर्ण श्रद्धांजली 🙏🏽🙏🏽
— Renuka Shahane (@renukash) September 22, 2020
Ashalata Wabgaonkar is a popular face on television as well as in the Indian theatre. She started her acting career as a theatre artist, initially in Marathi and Konkani plays. She had acted in more than a hundred Hindi and Marathi films together. Her Hindi debut was in Basu Chatterjee’s Apne Paraye, where she shone like a star. Ahsalata didn’t stop and have brilliantly acted in films like Ahista Ahista, Shaukeen, Woh Saat Din, and more and a few of the Marathi films in which she aced are Umbartha, Navri Mile Navryala and Vahinichi Maya.