Veteran actor Mahesh Anand, who usually played villain roles in Bollywood movies, was found dead at his residence in Mumbai on Saturday. The actor, who was 57, was very popular in the 80s and 90s as an antagonist in many movies. As per reports that have emerged, not much is known about the cause of his death and his body has been sent to Cooper Hospital for postmortem.

It appears Mahesh was staying alone at his Versova residence, and even his ex-wife Usha Bachani was not aware that he had died. When contacted by Peeping Moon.com, she said she has not been in contact with him for a long time.

“I was unaware that he passed away. We are not in touch since 2002,” she was quoted as saying.

Mahesh is believed to have been going through some financial problem, and he had in an interview with Cinestaan.com revealed that no movie offers had come his way in 18 years.

Mahesh Anand and Govinda

Mahesh Anand and Govinda. Photo Courtesy: Facebook/Mahesh Anand

It must have been a happy time for him when he got a small role in actor Govinda’s movie Rangeela Raja, and he had also shared the news on his Facebook page, writing, “im happy after 18 years i had onne movie released today,,,,rangeela raja,,,,,,,, i am just therefor 6 minutes in the end,,, hope you all will welcome me back.”

Mahesh, who had starred with a host of well-known actors like Amitabh Bachchan, Govinda, Sanjay Dutt, Sunny Deol and Dharmendra, will also be remembered for his roles in movies like Coolie No 1, Swarg, Kurukshetra, Shahenshah, Vijeta among others.