Satara : Veteran actress Ashalata Wabgaonkar, popularly known as ‘Ashalata’ in the Marathi film industry, died at a private hospital in Satara due to corona. She was 79 years old. She had come to Satara to shoot the series ‘Aai Majhi Kalubai’. After which, she began to feel unwell due to the corona infection and was hospitalized. She died while undergoing treatment.
Films like ‘Devmanoos’ and ‘Aai Majhi Kalubai’ are currently being shot in Satara district. Ashalata is playing the lead role in Alka Kubal’s series ‘Aai Majhi Kalubai’ which is currently airing on a Marathi channel. The shooting of this series has been going on for the last fortnight in Phaltan, Lonand and Wai areas of the district. A dance group had come from Mumbai for one of the songs in the series. About 27 people on the set of the series were infected with the corona. Filming for the series was halted after the test reports came positive. However, Ashalata was admitted to the hospital as she was feeling unwell.
Originally from Goa, Ashalata made her acting debut in Konkani and Marathi films. She has acted in over 100 films in Marathi and Hindi so far. She played the lead role in ‘Guntata Hriday He, Varyavarchi Varat, Chinna and Mahananda’. career in drama through ‘Sangeet Natak Matsyagandha’. She made her Hindi film debut with Basu Chatterjee’s Apne Paraye. She was nominated for a Filmfare Best Supporting Actress nomination for her role in the same film. In the Marathi film industry, ‘Umbarthha, Sutradhar, Navari Mile Navryala, Vahinichi Maya’ were her hit films.
She has also written a book based on music called ‘Gard Sabhovati’. While taking music lessons from Pandit Jitendra Abhishek, Ashalata had a habit of capturing the meaning of each word before learning. The veteran actress, who played the lead role of Revathi in the state drama competition Sansayakallol.