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Tragic Demise: Nitesh Pandey, Beloved Anupamaa Actor, Passes Away at 50 Due to Cardiac Arrest

Tragic Demise: Nitesh Pandey, Beloved Anupamaa Actor, Passes Away at 50 Due to Cardiac Arrest

Written by Sanjay Kumar

Nitish Pandey

RIP! Anupamaa Actor Nitesh Pandey passes away at 50
RIP! Anupamaa Actor Nitesh Pandey passes away at 50

Indian actor

  • Born – 17 January 1973(age 50)
  • Died – 24 May 2023, MUMBAI
  • Occupation(s) – Actor, Director
  • Spouse(s) – Ashwini Kalsekar(m. 1998; div. 2002)​, Arpita Pandey ​(m. 2003)

It’s a black day for the television industry. Within a short span of time, three exceptional individuals have departed from our midst. Following the untimely demise of Aditya Singh Rajput and Vaibhavi Upadhyay, it saddens us to announce that Nitesh Pandey, a renowned actor, has passed away at the age of 51. Etimes reports that the talented actor, known for his role as Harish Kumar in the series “Pyaar Ka Dard Hai MeethaMeethaPyaaraPyaara,” succumbed to a cardiac arrest.

Nitesh Pandey not only made a significant impact in his portrayal of Harish Kumar but also played a pivotal role in the popular TV show “Anupamaa.” Earlier today, the news of Nitesh’s passing was confirmed by his brother-in-law and producer, Siddharth Nagar. This loss casts a dark cloud over the television industry, leaving behind a void that will be deeply felt.

Nitesh’s brother-in-law confirm the news

In a heartbreaking conversation with Etimes, Siddharth shared the devastating news that his brother-in-law has departed from this world, leaving his sister Arpita Pandey in a state of profound shock. Nitesh’s father has already embarked on a journey to Igatpuri to bring back his son’s mortal remains, expected to arrive by the afternoon.

Upon receiving the tragic news, Siddharth expressed, “We are utterly speechless, unable to process the reality of the situation. I haven’t been able to communicate with Arpita since the tragedy struck.” Currently on a train en route to Igatpuri himself, Siddharth plans to join the family in this time of profound grief.

Siddharth also shared, “Nitesh was much younger than me. He exuded vibrancy and zest for life, and to my knowledge, he did not have any history of heart ailments.” This unforeseen loss has left everyone grappling with immense sorrow and disbelief.

Nitesh Pandey embarked on his theatrical journey in 1990, marking the beginning of a remarkable career. In 1995, he showcased his talent in the detective role in the play “Tejas.” Throughout his career, Nitesh Pandey left an indelible mark in various television serials, including “ManzileinApaniApani,” “Astitva…Ek Prem Kahani,” “Saaya,” “Justajoo,” and “Durgesh Nandini.”

His versatility extended to the silver screen, where he made appearances in notable films such as “Om Shanti Om” and “Badhaai Do.” Notably, Nitesh also established his independent production house, Dream Castle Productions. His outstanding performance in “Khosla Ka Ghosla” garnered widespread acclaim. Over the past 25 years, he had become a familiar face in Indian television.

Born in AlmoraKumaon, Uttarakhand, Nitesh Pandey shared a special connection with the region. He tied the knot with actress Arpita Pandey, whom he met on the TV show “Justajoo,” in 2003. Prior to this, he had been married to actress Ashwini Kalsekar.



Year Film Language Role
2022 Badhaai Do Hindi Mr. Singh
2017 Rangoon Hindi Patel
2016 Madaari Hindi Sanjay Jagtap
2015 Hunterrr Hindi Deepak Surve
2014 ShaadiKe Side Effects Hindi Hotel manager
2013 Mickey Virus Hindi Professor
2012 Dabangg 2 Hindi Doctor
2007 Om Shanti Om Hindi Anwar Sheikh (Om Kapoor’s assistant)
2006 Khosla Ka Ghosla Hindi Mani (Sethi’s secretary)
2005 Sins English
2002 Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai Hindi Ajit
1995 Baazi Hindi SideCharacter

Television shows

Year(s) Show Role
1995 Tejas Detective
1998 Saaya Manoj
2001 ManzileinApaniApani Ankush
2002 Justajoo Mehul
2002–2006 Astitva…Ek Prem Kahani Dr. Pranay
2008 Hum Ladkiyan Kamal Nath
2008 Sunaina Vijay Mathur
2010 Jaankhilavan Jasoos Jaankhilavan
2011–2013 KuchToh Log Kahenge Armaan
2012–2014 Pyaar Ka Dard Hai MeethaMeethaPyaaraPyaara Harish Kumar
2016–2017 Ek Rishta Saajhedari Ka Virendra Mittal
2020 Maharaj Ki Jai Ho! King Dhritarasthra
2020–2021 Indiawaali Maa Hasmukh
2020–2021 Hero – Gayab Mode On Ranjeet Sidhwani
2023 Anupamaa Dheeraj Kapoor

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