For those who grew up in the 1980s, and were witness to Doordarshan in its glory days, Ravi Baswani (29 September 1946 - 27 July 2010) was a star and, dare I say, a national hero, in the zany Idhar Udhar (along witth the talented Pathak sisters, Ratna and Supriya) much before the cult Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro which of course established him in the list of all-time favourites, following his great debut in Sai Pranjpe's Chashme Baddoor.
Sadly, his initial roles were the ones that came to define him - the ones we will forever remember him by - forever type-casting this exceptionally talented actor who was doomed to play bit parts thereafter, though there were some moments of inspired madness in some roles such as what director Anurag Kashyap once described as one of his favourite "guilty pleasure movies, Peechha Karo [the one which had the memorable"Bruce Lee ka bada bhai, Choos Lee"]. Even on TV, as he pointed out many years ago, "Everybody is making comedies today. Yet most of them are really shallow since, frankly, we do not have enough good serial makers."
Recently, there had been some talk of a sequel to JBDY.
Pardon me the cliche, Ravi Baswani may be dead, but he will live forever as Sudhir of Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron.