Well known Marathi playwright and Bollywood screenplay writer, Vijay Tendulkar died on Monday at his residence in Pune after a prolonged illness. He was 80 years old. He had been unwell for the past two months. He was suffering from myasthenia gravis, a muscular disorder, and had been admitted to a city hospital a few weeks back.
A Padma Bhushan awardee, Tendulkar was best known for his plays Ghashiram Kotwal and Sakharam Binder. He was also awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award and honoured with the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship for lifetime achievement.
In 1977, Tendulkar won the National Film Award for his screenplay of Shyam Benegal’s movie Manthan . He also wrote the screenplays for other critically acclaimed films like Nishant , Akrosh and Ardh Satya.