VETERAN ACTOR RASIK DAVE DIES
Veteran actor Rasik Dave passed away yesterday on Friday due to kidney failure. He was 65 and is survived by his wife Ketki Dave, popular for her role of Daksha Virani in the TV show Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, and his daughter Riddhi Dave. The actor’s last rites will be performed today on Saturday.
On the cult classic show Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, she essayed the role of Daksha. Actor and producer JD Majethia has shared a note on Twitter and written, “Heartbroken and deeply saddened to hear about the untimely demise of Rasik Dave. Gone too soon, brother. May God give your family the strength to get through his difficult time. Om Shanti”
Filmmaker Ashoke Pandit has tweeted, “Sad to know about the demise of a dear friend Rasik Dave who was a versatile actor on stage, TV and films due to kidney failure. My heartfelt condolences to his wife Ketaki Dave and his entire family. Will always be remembered”
Dave, who was often referred to as the Gujarati version of actor Raj Kiran, was on dialysis for the last two years, and his health deteriorated in the last month. He did several theatre shows as well and played the role of Nanda in the mythological TV drama Mahabharata. He also participated in the dance reality show Nach Baliye with his wife Ketki in 2006.
Ketaki’s mother is also a famous actress Sarita Joshi and her father (late) Pravin Joshi was a theatre director. She has a younger sister Purbi Joshi who is also an actress and an anchor. Rasik and Ketaki Dave ran a Gujarati theatre company too.
Rasik started his career in 1982 in a Gujarati film ‘Putra Vadhu’ and worked in both Gujarati and Hindi films as well as TV serials.
Ketki, who became popular for her role as Daksha in the TV show Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, and Rasik were both well-known in the Gujarati film and theatre scene and had acted in several TV shows. The couple reportedly owned a Gujarati theatre company. The late actor was known for playing Karsandas Dhansukhlal Vaishnav in Sanskaar – Dharohar Apnon Ki.
Reportedly, Rasik had been battling kidney-related ailments and was on dialysis for the past couple of years; his last one month was painful as his kidneys continued to deteriorate.
We at Cineblitz stand by Ketki Dave and her family members in their hour of crisis and pray that Rasik Dave’s soul rests in peace.