Mushtaq Merchant, Bollywood actor and comedian died on Monday, December 27th, 2021, at the age of 67, at the Holy Family Hospital in Mumbai. As per the reports, for a long time, the Seeta Aur Geeta actor suffered from diabetes.
As per the inside source, Mushtaq died as a result of high blood pressure and diabetes. He had a diabetes problem for the last 10-12 years. He was admitted to the hospital in the morning due to his deteriorating health and after a few hours he died.
The news of Merchant’s death is undoubtedly devastating for the Bollywood entertainment industry as well as his beloved fans.
He has made a name for himself in the entertainment industry by appearing in a number of Bollywood films over the years. Over the course of his two-decade career, Merchant appeared in nearly 80 films. Among them are ‘Fifty Fifty’, ‘Seeta Aur Geeta’, ‘Sagar’, ‘Naseeb Wala’, ‘Jawani Diwani’, ‘Pyaar Hua Chori Chori’, and ‘Balwan.’
He also starred in the 1975 hit film ‘Sholay,’ alongside Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra. His sequences, however, were cut due to the film’s length. In the movie, the Merchant played a train driver whose bike was stolen by Veeru (Dharmendra) and Jai (Amitabh Bachchan) during the song ‘Yeh Dosti.’
Merchant plays two characters in the movie. The first is in the aforementioned scene as a train driver. Jai-Veeru also plays a secondary role when he borrows a Parsi man’s motorcycle. He plays the role of a Parsi man.
According to various reports, the veteran actor and comedian said his final farewells to the stage and films around 16 years ago. He became a Sufi and dedicated his life to religious pursuits. He pursued spirituality after retiring from acting and was now residing in Bandra, Mumbai.
Mushtaq Merchant had retired from acting about 16 years ago and became a Sufi. Merchant was preoccupied with religious matters. He’d dabbled in stage acting as well.