Earlier on Friday morning, veteran actor Arun Bali passed away at 79 due to age related illness. Arun Bali was known for playing a range of characters in films such as 3 Idiots, Lage Raho Munna Bhai, Panipat, and many others. His most recent acting endevour was in Aamir Khan’s Laal Singh Chaddha, where he played an elderly man in train, listening to Laal recall his life.
Mr. Arun Bali’s demise was confirmed by his son Ankush who spoke to PTI and was quoted saying, “My father left us. He was suffering from Myasthenia gravis. 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.”
According to reports, Bali was suffering from a rare neuromuscular disease called Myasthenia Gravis. The long-term rare disease is caused by breakdown of normal communication between one’s nerves and muscles. This leads to rapid fatigue of muscles that are in a person’s control.
Mr. Bali became a household name after playing the character of King Porus in 1991 period show Chanakya. He also played another key role in Doordarshan drama Swabhiman, and was part of the ensemble of critically acclaimed film Hey Ram.
His demise comes a day after comedian Ratan Noora passed away.
The Facts of the Matter
Veteran television and film actor Arun Bali has joined the long and disheartening list of Indian entertainers that passed away this year. From actor screenwriter Shiv Kumar Subramaniam, to disco king Bappi Lahiri, to prolific comedian Raju Srivastava, the list is long and disconcerting.
On early Friday morning Arun Bali’s name was etched in the list. The actor’s demise was confirmed by his son Ankush Bali. The 79-year-old actor died due to prolonged age-related illness. His funeral will take place on Saturday as the family is awaiting close members to fly down from US to India.
Arun Bali Suffered from Rare Disease
According to Mr. Bali’s son Ankush, his father was suffering from Myasthenia gravis, a rare autoimmune disease, because of which he had been hospitalized earlier this year. Since then, he had been in and out of hospital, and although he was responding stably to the treatment, he passed away on Friday morning.
“My father left us. He was suffering from Myasthenia gravis. 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 was quoted by PTI saying.
The Early Signs of Disease
In an earlier interview to ETimes, Arun Bali’s close friend Nupur said that she had sensed something “majorly wrong” with Bali’s speech. She also tried to contact his son Ankush, but was unable to get through. Eventually, she reached out to Arun Bali’s colleague, and asked him to take Arun to a hospital.
“I was on call with Arun Bali sir when I sensed something is majorly wrong with his speech and pointed it out to him. After that I tried contacting his son Ankush, but couldn’t get through. Then I called up Rajeev Menon who is Ankush’s colleague and got his other number and I advised him to take Arun sir to the hospital immediately,” she was quoted saying.
Life and Times of Arun Bali
Arun Bali became a recognizable face thanks to his appearance in historical drama Chanakya where he played the character of King Porus. He also featured in another famous Doordarshan drama called Swabhiman, and was featured in critically acclaimed film Hey Ram. He was also seen in movie 3 Idiots.
He was last seen in Laal Singh Chaddha, the remake of Academy Award winning film Forrest Gump.