Actor, director, and singer who starred as Ahmed in the 1975 action-adventure Hindi film, Sholay. His other credits include Navri Mile Navryala, Amchyasarkhe Aamich, and Ashi Hi Banwa Banwi.
He began his career as a child actor, winning two National Film Awards for Best Child Artiste -- first in 1962, then in 1972.
He directed the hit Hindi comedy TV series, Tu Tu Main Main, in the 1990s.
He married actress Supriya Pilgaonkar, whom he directed in the 1984 film, Navri Mile Navryala. They had a daughter, Shriya.
Both he and actor Mohanlal Nair have won National Film Awards.