Pushpa Joshi, the octogenarian from Ajay Devgn’s Raid, passes away at 86

The 86-year-old was much appreciated for her performance in her only feature film

By Mayur Lookhar

Raj Kumar Gupta with Pushpa Joshi [Source: Raj Kumar Gupta Twitter]

Ajay Devgn’s Raid [2018] was one of the most loved films of 2018. Apart from its fine protagonists, the film also introduced us to the talent of Pushpa Joshi, who made her feature film debut at the ripe old age of 85 [approximately].   

Joshi, who is perhaps the oldest person to make her debut in Indian cinema, passed away on the night of 26 November, 2019.

Confirming the tragic news, her son Ravindra says, “She [Pushpa ji] had fractured her hip on 15 November. She was operated five days later at Mumbai’s Karuna Hospital in Borivali. The effect of medicine and anesthesia resulted in few complications that led to internal bleeding. The surgery was a success, but the post-surgery complications basically proved fatal.  We admitted her again on 25 November, but her condition has really worsened. She passed away at around 11.30 pm on 26 November.”

Earlier, Raid director Raj Kumar Gupta had paid his condolences on Twitter

“Very sad to hear about the passing away of Pushpa Joshi ji. One of the highlights of my directing career was watching you perform in RAID. You were a live wire on and off the sets. Wherever you are you will be smiling and spreading happiness Dadi ji. We will miss you. RIP,” tweeted Gupta.

Joshi was born in around 1932-1933 in Hoshangabad district of Madhya Pradesh. At 14, she was married to B.R Joshi a tehsildar [tax officer who accompanies the district revenue collector) and had later shifted to Harda district. Joshi only faced camera for the first time when she appeared in her son’s short film Zaayka . Casting Bay, the casting agency had then recommended her name for the role of the grandmother in Gupta’s Raid.

We at BeyondBollywood offer our deepest condolences to the family.

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