This actor struggled for 10 years, his on-screen death was mourned by nation, he received fans’ letters written in blood

This actor struggled for 10 years, his on-screen death was mourned by nation, he received fans’ letters written in blood

This actor tried his luck in films for 10 years, and then he got a role that made him the nation’s favourite. His on-screen death was mourned by India, and he even received fan letters written in blood.

Every actor dreams about having a role that will leave a lasting impression on audiences. If a character gets well-accepted among the masses, they earn a loyal fanbase for themselves, and sometimes, they get overwhelmed with their love. 

Ekta Kapoor’s family drama Kyuki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi is among the most popular, and longest-running shows on Indian television. The show started in 2000 and went on to air for eight years, ended in 2008, and spanned over 1,800 episodes. During these years, the show gained a cult following and fetched great TRPs for many years, but it also grabbed headlines for controversies. 

The show was led by Smriti Irani and Amar Upadhyay as Tulsi and Mihir Virani. In 2001, the makers brought a twist in the series by showing the death of Mihir Virani. The makers had no idea that Mihir’s death would get such a major reaction from the Indian audiences. Mihir’s demise was mourned not only by the on-screen Virani family but also by real families from different parts of India. 
Amar Upadhyay’s background

Born in a middle-class family, Amar had no filmy background, and his father was a bank manager. Before venturing into acting Amar completed his studies and graduated as a chemical engineer. It took Amar 10 years to find success through Kyuki. He was among 100 other boys who auditioned for Mihir Virani. Before Kyuki, Amar enrolled in a contest by Stardust magazine. After his photographs were published in the magazine, he got an offer from Jaya Bachchan for the series Dekh Bhai Dekh. Amar was also a part of other series such as Arzoo, Suhana Safar, Tulsi, and Mehndi Tere Naam Ki.

The impact of Amar Upadhyay’s on-screen death on India

In an old interview, Amar Upadhyay revealed that he and the makers of Kyuki were shocked to see the reaction of the audience to his on-screen demise. As TOI reported, Amar would receive numerous calls up to late at night, complaining about the track, and pleading him to return to the show. Amar also received letters from across the nation, some written in blood, requesting him to come back on the show. Amar even received calls from fans who promised him that they wouldn’t eat sweets in their entire life if his character didn’t return to the show. 

Here’s Mihir’s return in Kyuki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi

Owing to popular demand, Mihir returned to the show in May 2001, and that episode made a record of fetching 22.4 TVR, the highest for the series. After Kyuki, Amar was seen in movies such as LOC Kargil 13B, Kaagaz, Bob Biswas. He was last seen in Kartik Aaryan’s Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2. 

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