Veteran Marathi cinema actor Lalan Sarang passed away on Friday. She was 79 years old.

Her family said that she died due to age-related ailments. She was undergoing treatment at a private hospital for the past month. “Her condition deteriorated last night and she passed away this morning,” the family said in a statement.

Born on December 26, 1938, Sarang’s family had no theatre background, but as she went to college, she began participating in college-level theatre and developed her acting talent.

She went on to become a well-known theatre personality, but some of her films – especially her rebellious roles made her popular.  One such role was of a Champa in the Marathi play Sakharam Binder written by Vijay Tendulkar. She faced a lot of criticism for that role but she stood by her character in the play.

Sarang also acted in plays like Gidhade, Rathchakdra and Kamla which are considered as milestones in the Marathi theater.

Apart from theater, she also acted in films like Samna, Ha Khel Sawalyancha and Mahek.

The veteran actor went on to write some books also such as Natakanmagil Natya, Mi and Majhya Bhumika and Bahardar Kisse. 

Her last rites will be performed in Mumbai.

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