Arun Bali, favourite veteran actor in films, TV, dies at 79

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Veteran actor Arun Bali died on Friday morning around 4.30 am due to prolonged age-related illness.

Arun was diagnosed with a rare neuromuscular disease, Myasthenia Gravis, earlier this year. Caused by a communication failure between nerves and muscles, the illness took a toll on him and he was frequently in and out of hospital.

“My father left us. He had mood swings for two-three days. He told the caretaker he wanted to go to the washroom and after coming out he told him he wanted to sit down and he never got up then,” his son Ankush Bali told PTI.

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The senior actor’s son said that the cremation will take place on Saturday as they’re waiting for some family members to fly down from the US to Mumbai. The actor was last seen in Aamir Khan-starrer Laal Singh Chaddha and Amitabh Bachchan-starrer ‘Goodbye’ that released on Friday.

Born in Jalandhar, Punjab, in 1942, Arun Bali is known for his performances in 3 Idiots (2009), PK (2014), Airlift (2016), Kedarnath (2018) and Panipat (2019) among many other films. He made his TV debut in the year 1989 with Doosra Kewal. He went on to many TV shows such as Chankaya, Swabhimaan and Kumkum Pyaara Sa Bandhan.

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Some of his popular films include Saugandh, Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman, Khalnayak, Satya, Hey Ram, Lage Raho Munna Bhai, 3 Idiots, Ready, Barfi, Manmarziyaan, Kedarnath, Samrat Prithviraj, and Laal Singh Chaddha.