Shafi Inamdar

Shafi Inamdar (23 October 1945 – 13 March 1996) was an Indian actor. He started his film career with the film Vijeta and continued it in Ardh Satya. He acted in a number of television serials including Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi. His most notable film roles include the inspector in Aaj Ki Awaz, the villain in Awam and the friend of the hero in films like Nazrana, Anokha Rishta, Amrit. Some of his other films are Kudrat Ka Kanoon, Jurm, Sadaa Suhagan and Love 86, all successful.

Shafi Ali Inamdar
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Born(1945-10-23)23 October 1945
Died13 March 1996(1996-03-13) (aged 50)
OccupationActor, producer, director
Years active1960–1995
Spouse(s)Bhakti Barve

Life and careerEdit

Shafi Inamdar received his early education at Pangari Dapoli, Ratnagiri, MS and at St. Joseph's High School in Umerkhadi (Dongri) in Mumbai, India, where he passed his S.S.C exam in 1958. He did his B.Sc from K.C College in 1963.

He is particularly known for playing the common man's role. He has acted in numerous television shows, the most notable being Kundan Shah's Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi, telecast on Doordarshan in the 80s which made him a household name.[1] The show went on to become so popular that it even started affecting the business of films, as it used to be aired late on Friday nights.[2] The serial was such a hit that it ran for 61 episodes when generally a serial ran for a maximum of 25 weeks.[3] One of his last performances on television was in Teri Bhi Chup Meri Bhi Chup. He also played the role of an advocate in the Hindi film Yeshwant, which was released after his death. He appeared in Ramesh Sippy's film Saagar. Inamdar also directed a film titled Hum Dono, starring Nana Patekar, Rishi Kapoor and Pooja Bhatt. The film was a hit and he was considered a good director.

From his schooling days he was interested in dramas and used to act and direct school plays. He participated in elocution competition and debates. This continued through his college days and intensified his desire to become a performing artist and a theatre personality. He started his career as an actor and director under the guidance of Gujarati theatre personality Praveen Joshi. He directed and acted in about 30 one act plays in Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi and English from 1973 to 1978. Later he joined the Indian National Theatre and Indian People's Theatre Association where he met Balraj Sahni and other members of Indian Theatre and learned the finer aspects of acting.

The turning point in his career was Ismat Chugtai’s play Nila Kamra, which he staged as his first commercial production in Hindi. In the late seventies when the Prithvi Theatre was started Shafi Inamdar got an opportunity to produce several Hindi plays that paved the way for establishing him as a theatre personality to be reckoned with. He founded his own theatre group Hum Productions in 1982 and directed, produced and acted in various plays. He also staged comedies and folk theatre based on human drama, Naag Mandala.

In 1984 came India’s most popular television sitcom Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi, a comedy serial starring Shafi Inamdar in the main lead as the character Ranjeet Verma, Swaroop Sampat played his wife Renu while Rakesh Bedi played his brother-in-law Raja. Shafi later acted in many other television serials like Adha Sach, Aadha Jooth, Mirza Ghalib and Teri Bhi Chup meri Bhi Chup. In 1983, he made first appearance on the Hindi screen in the Shashi Kapoor produced and Govind Nihalani directed film Vijeta, followed by the hard-hitting but popular Ardh Satya. He acted in B. R. Chopra films like Aaj Ki Awaaz (for which he also won a nomination in Filmfare award for Best Supporting Actor), Awaam and Dahleez, and became a regular with the B. R. film camp.

One of his most notable efforts comes from the film Krantiveer, in which he plays a TV anchor, a caricature of TV journalist Rajat Sharma of Aap Ki Adalat fame, and exposes a group of corrupted people regarding politics, law and police. His witty dialogues were appreciated. Krantiveer was one of the highest-grossing movies of 1994.

Personal lifeEdit

Shafi married actress Bhakti Barve, who died in a road accident on 12 February 2001.

Shafi died on 13 March 1996 following a massive heart attack while watching the India vs Sri Lanka 1996 Cricket World Cup semifinal match.[4] At the time, he was acting in the comedy show Teri Bhi Chup Meri Bhi Chup, which was shelved due to his death.


Year Film Role
1982 Vijeta Parulkar
1982 Pyara Tarana
1983 Ardh Satya Inspector Haider Ali
1983 Aaj Ki Awaz Inspector Shafi
1984 Party
1984 Hip Hip Hurray
1984 Inquilaab Inspector Pratap
1985 Arjun Anand Patkar
1985 Saagar Vikram
1985 Jaan Ki Baazi Inspector Ranjeet Waghmare
1986 Love 86 Ramniwas Tilak
1986 Inaam Dus Hazaar Karamat Khan
1986 Sadaa Suhagan Vinod
1986 Kala Dhanda Goray Log Advocate Abdul Rahim Khan
1986 Amrit Advocate Sharafat Ali
1986 Anokha Rishta Alex Lobo
1986 Insaaf Ki Awaaz Sanyasi Raja
1986 Pahuche Huwey Log Mohan
1987 Nazrana Shafi
1987 Dacait S. P. Srivastava
1987 Awam Mohanlal
1987 Kudrat Ka Kanoon Minister Chunautilal
1987 Sansar Albert Fernandes
1987 Anjaam Raj
1988 Khatron Ke Khiladi Inspector Ram Avatar
1988 Agnee Amit Foster Father
1989 Dana Paani Advocate Gautam Tripathi
1989 Vardi Shambhu
1989 Gola Barood Jailor Sharma
1989 Ghar Ka Chiraag Ravi's dad
1989 Hum Intezaar Karenge Barrister Vikas Anand
1990 Izzatdaar Prem Chand
1990 C.I.D. Police Inspector Faizaan
1990 Jurm Inspector Pramod Kadam
1990 Paap Ki Kamaee Abu Bhai Gang Villain
1990 Ghayal Barrister Pramod Saran Gupta
1990 Pratibandh Corrupt Police Officer
1991 Fateh Inspector Doshi
1991 Ghar Parivaar Police Inspector
1991 Yodha Chandrakant Srivastav
1991 Pyar Hua Chori Chori Raja Saaheb
1991 Phool Bane Angaray Muralidhar
1991 Narasimha Inspector Vinod Rastogi
1991 Prem Qaidi Jailor
1991 Henna Pak Police Superintendent Iqbal
1991 Love Maggie's father
1991 Pratigyabadh Lawyer S Merchant
1992 Daulat Ki Jung Mr Chaudhary (Rajesh's father)
1992 Humlaa Puthran Dada
1992 Humshakal Inspector Kulkarni
1992 Sangeet
1993 Hasti Bhisham
1993 Yugandhar Ballu
1993 Divya Shakti Police Commissioner Anand Patkar
1993 Badi Bahen Seth Dwarkaprasad
1994 Insaniyat Police Commissioner Shafi
1994 Krantiveer TV Interviewer
1994 Ikke Pe Ikka Iqbal Miya
1995 Ab Insaf Hoga Ashok Mishra
1995 Akele Hum Akele Tum Kaushikji (Music director)
1995 Takkar DCP Mishra
1995 Nishana Vijay
1995 Hum Dono Director of the movie
1997 Yeshwant Advocate Vikram


Year Series Role
1984–86 Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi Ranjeet[5]
1986 Bahadur Shah Zafar (TV series) Mirza Ghalib(Episode No 7)
1987-88 Aadha Sach Aadha Jooth
1988 Mirza Ghalib Mohammad Ibrahim Zauq
1995-96 Teri Bhi Chup Meri Bhi Chup Ramakant
1996 All the Best Dr. Raj

Awards and nominationsEdit


  1. ^ Shafi Inamdar
  2. ^ What made Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi such an important show
  3. ^ Shafi Inamdar
  4. ^ Actors who died too soon
  5. ^ Eminent Konkanis >> Mr Shafi Ali Inamdar Archived 14 July 2015 at the Wayback Machine

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