Theatre stalwart Satyadev Dubey dies

Mumbai, Dec 26 (Calcutta Tube / IBNS)  Satyadev Dubey, a celebrated theatre director, actor, playwright and screenwriter, passed away on Sunday here. He was 75.

The well known cultural personality died in a city hospital this morning after staying in comma for months.

A recipient of Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1971, Dubey had won the 1978 National Film Award for Best Screenplay for Shyam Benegal’s Bhumika and 1980 Filmfare Best Dialogue Award for Junoon.

In 2011, he was honoured with the Padma Bhushan by the Government of India.

According to Dubey’s Facebook page, he was born in Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh in 1936, but later moved Mumbai to try his luck as a cricketer.

He, however, ended up joining the ‘Theatre Unit’, a theatre group run by Ebrahim Alkazi. When Alkazi left for Delhi to head National School of Drama, Dubey took over the ‘Theatre Unit’, and went on to produce many important plays in Indian theatre.

He produced, Girish Karnad’s first play ‘Yayati’, and also his noted play ‘Hayavadana’, Badal Sarkar’s ‘Ebang Indrajit’ and ‘Pagla Ghoda’, Chandrashekhara Kambara’s “Aur Tota Bola” (“Jokumaraswamy” in original Kannada), Mohan Rakesh’s “Aadhe Adhure”, Vijay Tendulkar’s “Khamosh! Adalat Jaari Hai”, and ‘A Raincoat For All Occasions’ and Jean Anouilh’s Antigone in 2007.

Dubey had written the screenplay of the 1974 Shyam Benegal debut feature film Ankur that also introduced Shabana Azmi.

He wrote dialogues for several other Benegal films like Nishant, Junoon and Kalyug while bagging the National Award for Bhumika.

He also contributed either as screenplay writer or dialogue writer for India’s classic arthouse films like Aakrosh, Vijeta, Mandi, etc.

His death was mourned by the leading names in Bollywood and theatre and cultural world.

“The Giant of Hindi Theatre Satyadev Dubey is no more. He was ruthlessly brilliant in his commitment to theatre. Great loss. RIP,” tweeted actor Anupam Kher.

Shabana Azmi, who acted in many of the films that were written by Dubey, said he was a giant of theatre.

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