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Popular actor Minaketan no more

Bhubaneswar:1/7/17:The Odisha film industry was taken to a sudden gloom with the news of demise of the popular actor Minaketan Das on 30 June.The 56-year-old actor was battling pancreatic cancer for quite a while. He was admitted in Asian Cancer Institute in Mumbai. He died in at his residence on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar.As soon the news of his death broke out, all his well wishers shared their condolences on social media.Odisha government also expressed its grief at Das’ death calling it a huge loss, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik took to Twitter and said:Saddened to learn of the demise of actor Minaketan Das. It is a great loss for Odia film industry. My thoughts & prayers with his family

Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan also tweeted saying:Heartfelt condolences to friends & family of Ollywood ‘bad man’ Minaketan Das an actor who won many hearts but lost his fight against cancer.The actor had been a recipient of many state-level awards and accolades throughout his career. He was celebrated as the ‘bad man’ of the Odia films and thus established a niche space for his film career. He has acted in over two-dozen film and many TV shows

Minaketan was initially admitted to a private hospital in Bhubaneswar after he complained of a body pain. Later, after being diagnosed with cancer, he had to be shifted to Mumbai.


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