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|Born||19 July 1963|
|Died||8 March 2004 (aged 40)|
|Other names||Sushant Ray|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
(m.1995; died 2004)
Siddharth Ray (19 July 1963 – 8 March 2004), born Sushant Ray, was a film actor in Hindi and Marathi films. He also appeared in a few south Indian films. He was the grandson of filmmaker V. Shantaram.
Siddharth Ray was born into a Bengali Jain family. He was the grandson of V. Shantaram. His mother, Charusheela Ray, was the daughter of V. Shantaram by his first wife Vimla Shantaram. His father was Dr. Subrato Ray, a bengali economist, who had a Ph.D from Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata. He was also an accomplished sitar player. Charusheela and Dr. Ray had met in one of the recording sessions. Sushanta was born into privileges from both sides. They lived in a comfortable house in Dadar, Mumbai. His father Dr. Ray was the then Chief Economic Advisor of Bombay Port Trust.
In 1999, Siddharth Ray married south Indian actress (Telugu) Shantipriya, sister of actress Bhanupriya. They became the parents of two sons within a span of less than five years, before Ray died of a massive heart attack in 2004, at the age of only 40. He was survived by his wife and two sons , both of whom were less than four years old.
Ray acted in the film Chaani as a child artist. That movie was directed by his grandfather V. Shantaram. As an adult, his debut film was Thodisi Bewafaii in 1980, where he appeared opposite Padmini Kolhapure. He made a mark especially with Vansh (1992), the remake of Mani Ratnam's Agni Natchathiram. He appeared in several Hindi films in the 1990s such as Vansh (1992), Parwane (1993), Baazigar (1993), Pehchaan (1993). Other films starring him are Ganga Ka Vachan, Tilak and Military Raaj. He also starred in Baazigar along with Shahrukh Khan.
He was known as Sushant Ray in the Marathi film industry and acted in commercially successful movies such as Ashi Hi Banwa Banwi with noteworthy Marathi actors such as Laxmikant Berde, Ashok Saraf and Sachin.
His last film was Charas: A Joint Operation, released the year of his death in 2004.
- 2004 Charas: A Joint Operation
- 2002 Jaani Dushman: Ek Anokhi Kahani
- 2002 Pitaah
- 2000 Bichhoo
- 1998 Military Raaj
- 1993 Baazigar
- 1993 Parwane
- 1993 Khoon Ka Sindoor
- 1993 Pehchaan
- 1992 Yudhpath
- 1992 Vansh
- 1992 Ganga Ka Vachan
- 1992 Tilak
- 1992 Panaah
- 1989 Balache Baap Brahmachari
- 1988 Ashi Hi Banwa Banwi
- 1980 Thodisi Bewafaii
- 1982 Matli King
- 1977 Chaani as child artiste
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