Marathi actor Praful Bhalerao passed away in a train accident on Monday morning. The accident reportedly took place in Goregaon. The actor who boarded the train in Malad, was on his way to Girgaum, when the incident took place. Officials have speculated that Bhalerao may have been leaning over the footboards and lost grip once the train gained speed.  An officer from Borivali GRP was quoted by Hindustan Times as saying, “We got a call at 4.30 am regarding a body found on the tracks. At that hour, trains are generally less crowded so it’s possible that Bhalerao was leaning outwards when he fell. We have registered a case of accidental death, and are investigating it further.” Also Read - Rich tributes paid to social reformer Phule

The body has reportedly sent for postmortem. The 22-year-old actor rose to fame as a child actor in the popular TV series ‘Kunku’. It was ‘Kunku’ that gave him popularity and made him a household name in Maharashtra. Praful played the protagonist’s (Janki) younger brother in the TV show and was quite loved and lauded for his performance. Barayan, on the other hand, was a film about education and youth. Helmed by Deepal Patil, the movie released on National Youth Day, which is also birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. Also Read - Modi pays tribute to social reformer Jyotiba Phule

He had also worked in a Marathi film, ‘Barayan’ — which hit the screens recently.  Bhalerao had also featured in Marathi serials like ‘Tu Majha Sangati’, ‘Nakushi’ and ‘Jyotiba Phule’.  The incident has definitely left everyone from the Marathi film industry in shock. We pray that the actor’s soul rests in peace and deeply mourn the loss. Also Read - 11th April in Indian History: Birth of Jyotiba Phule, Opening of Lakshman Jhula and Many More Important Events

With inputs from PTI