- Rasik Dave died on Friday, aged 65
- Rasik Dave was popular for playing the role of Nand in Mahabharat
- His last rites were performed on Saturday
Veteran actor Rasik Dave, who played Nand in Mahabharat, passed away on Friday due to kidney failure. He was 65. He is survived by his wife Ketki Dave, fondly known for her role as Daksha Virani in the TV show 'Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi', his daughter Riddhi Dave and son Abhishek. Dave's last rites were held on Saturday at around 7 am in presence of family members and close friends.
Dave, who had been suffering from kidney ailments for the past four years, breathed his last on Friday evening, said his mother-in-law and veteran actor Sarita Joshi. "Dave had weakness, his blood pressure and kidney issues. He was on dialysis. He was there in the hospital for about 15 to 20 days. He was brought home on Thursday and I met him and he just smiled at me. He passed away at 7-7.30 pm yesterday," Joshi told PTI.
Rasik's friends and fans paid their tribute to the late actor on social media. A user tweeted, "Gujarati theatre lost its charm. Will miss you Rasik bhai." Another said, "Prayers for the ultimate peace of the departed soul." A third wrote, "Sad to know..fine actor and his role as Nand in #Mahabharat was quite sweet. #RasikDave"
Rasik has performed in many Gujarati as well as Hindi dramas, shows and films. He was known for playing Karsandas Dhansukhlal Vaishnav in Sanskaar - Dharohar Apnon Ki. He essayed the role of Nand in Mahabharat, which started airing in the 1980s. Rasik and Ketki had participated in Nach Baliye 2, in 2006, which aired on Star Plus. Reportedly, he ran a Gujarati theatre company along with his wife Ketki.