Sudhir, one of Bollywood’s best known baddies from the 1970s and 80s, passed away on Monday. He had long been suffering from a lung infection.
Bhagwandas Mulchand Luthria, aka Sudhir, repeatedly played the second-in-command sidekick to villains Ajit, Premnath and Pran or the torturous police inspector or a sleazy man. He was most known for his shrill voice, long moustache and sideburns.
Part of around 200 films, he starred in at least a dozen Amitabh Bachchan movies, such as Satte Pe Satta (one of the odd seven brothers) and Shaan (one of four of Shakal’s sidekicks). His biggest claim to fame was probably in Feroz Khan’s 1974 hit Khote Sikkay, as the handicapped thief in Dev Anand’s Hare Rama Hare Krishna (1971) and in Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Baadshah in 1999.
He was also filmaker Milan Luthria’s paternal uncle.