‘CID’ Actor Dinesh Phadnis Passes Away at 57


The Indian television industry mourns the loss of veteran actor Dinesh Phadnis, who passed away at the age of 57 on December 5, 2023. Phadnis’ co-star and close friend Dayanand Shetty confirmed the news.

Phadnis was best known for his role as “Freddy” in the iconic crime series “CID,” which ran for over two decades. He became a household name for his portrayal of the witty and intelligent forensic expert, earning the admiration of millions of viewers.

Beyond “CID,” Phadnis had a diverse career spanning film and television. He appeared in several popular shows, including “Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah,” and had roles in movies like “Chhota Chetan” and “Sarfarosh.”

Phadnis’ death has left a void in the hearts of his fans and colleagues. Dayanand Shetty expressed his grief, stating, “It’s a huge loss for the industry and for all of us who knew him. He was a wonderful actor and a dear friend. We will miss him dearly.”

Tributes poured in from other actors and celebrities who worked with Phadnis. They remembered him as a kind, talented, and dedicated individual who always brought joy and laughter to the set.

Dinesh Phadnis’ legacy will live on through his memorable performances and the impact he had on the Indian television industry. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and fans.

Rest in peace, Dinesh Phadnis.


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