Udaan actress Kavita Chaudhary passes away due to cardiac arrest at 67

Kavita Chaudhary, the star of the famous Doordarshan drama “Udaan,” died at a hospital here on Thursday night after suffering a heart arrest. She was 67. The actor, who was also known as the homemaker Lalita Ji in Surf detergent commercials in India in the late 1980s, was admitted to the hospital a few days ago. She died at the hospital in Amritsar after suffering a heart arrest last night about 8.30 p.m. She was brought to the hospital a few days ago with low blood pressure.

“Her condition became critical later,” Chaudhary’s nephew, Ajay Sayal, told PTI. The final rites were performed here on Thursday morning. Sayal and her niece are the actor’s survivors.

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Chaudhary was well recognised for her role as IPS officer Kalyani Singh in “Udaan,” a progressive drama about women’s empowerment that aired on Doordarshan from 1989 and 1991.

In addition to starring, she created and directed the serial, which was inspired by the life of her elder sister, police officer Kanchan Chaudhary Bhattacharya.

“Udaan,” which also starred Shekhar Kapur, followed the struggles of a woman aiming to be an IPS officer. The critically acclaimed show, which inspired a generation of women to go into public service, was re-aired on Doordarshan during the pandemic.

Actor Amit Behl was one of the colleagues who paid condolences on Chaudhary’s demise. “RIP Kavita Chaudhary, is baar aapne lambi udaan bhar li,Naman @CintaaOfficial @nsd_india,” he wrote on X. Later, Chaudhary produced Doordarshan shows “Your Honour” and “IPS Diaries.”