Veteran actor Ravi Chopra, also known as Ratan, breathed his last at his ancestral home in Punjab’s Maler Kotla on Friday night. Ravi Chopra, who was popular for his role in the 1972 film Mome Ki Gudiya, passed away after battling deadly cancer for a very long time. A report in Amar Ujala reveals that Ravi died because his family members couldn’t afford his treatment in a good hospital. The report adds how Ravi Chopra was living in severe poverty conditions.
It is being said that Ravi Chopra was dependent on the langar installed in a Gurudwara or sometimes the prashad from the temple for his food. From a very long time, he was residing in a rented house in Sector 16 of Panchkula. His demise his been confirmed by his adopted daughter, Anita. Just before his death, Ravi Chopra, with tears in his eyes, had appealed for help from actors like Akshay Kumar, Sonu Sood and Dharmendra.
Ravi Chopra, originally known as Abdul Jabbar Khan, was offered a streak of films after his performance in Mome Ki Gudiya alongside Tanuja. However, the late actor had revealed how he worked in that film against his parent’s will and that didn’t go down well with his grandmother. She ordered him to give up on acting and Ravi obliged.
Ravi Chopra then returned to Punjab and took up teaching as his profession. He used to teach English and was highly educated. He never got married.
Here’s hoping that the departed soul rests in peace!
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