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Legendary Odia Actor Mihir Das Passes Away

Cuttack::11/1/22: Veteran Odia film actor Mihir Das died on Tuesday while undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Cuttack. As soon as the death news of the actor surfaced, condolence messages started pouring in from all quarters. Debuting with the mythological film  ‘Sampurana Ramayana’ veteran actor Mihir Das ruled the Odia Cinema industry for more than two decades.

His ability to carry out diverse roles in a wide range of genres vouched for his versatility as seen in popular films like ‘Laxmi Pratima’, ‘Pheria Mo Suna Bhauni’, ‘Rakhi Bandhili Mo Rakhiba Mana’, ‘Katha Kahiba Mo Matha Sindoor’, ‘Maa Pari Kie Heba’, ‘Dhauli Express’ and many more.

Born in Mayurbhanj district on February 11, 1959, the actor starred in over a hundred movies and shone in both lead and supporting roles. He was one of the few actors, who can nail comic and negative roles.

Some of his popular movies are ‘Target’, ‘Gunda’, ‘My Love Story, ‘Pahili Raja’, ‘Chori Chori Mana’. He had also been a part of a few television shows.

His versatility earned him a wide range of recognitions as he won the Best Supporting Actor award for ‘Laxmi Protima’ (1998), Best Actor award for ‘Bidhata’ (1999), Best Supporting Actor award for ‘Rakhi Bandhili Mo Rakhiba Mana’ (2002), Best Actor award for ‘Pheria Mo Suna Bhauni’ (2005), Best Comedian award for ‘Mu Tate Love Karuchi’  (2007) and Best Supporting Actor award for ‘Prema Adhei Akhyara’ (2010). Best Actor award for Feri aa mo Suna Vauni(2006)    Special   jury award ” Emite be Prem huea”(2012) Best Actor award for  Bhija Matira swarga(2018)

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Today, the demise of the star left a deep void in the hearts of millions that can never be filled.

Condolences poured in from different quarters soon after reports of his death spread. People from all walks of life including those belonging to the Odia cinema and television fraternity expressed their deep grief over the loss.  Expressing grief, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik termed his death as an irreparable loss to the Odia art fraternity and he will always be remembered for his work.

Confirming about Mihir Das’ death, Odia Cine Artists Association Secretary, Sritam Dash said that he breathed his last while being treated at a private hospital.

Odisha Governor Ganeshi Lal and CM Naveen Patnaik also expressed grief over the death of the veteran actor.

Other noted actors include Pushpa Panda, Aparajita Mohanty, Uttam Mohanty, Tandra Ray, Babushan Mohanty, Pradyumna Lenka, Prashanta Nanda, Buddhaditya Mohanty, Tatwa Prakash Satapathy, Pragyan Shankar Khatua, Eminent  Film  Producer Akshaya Kumar Parija and Noted film critic Ashok Palit also express condolence on demise noted Ollywood actor Das.

The actor was suffering from kidney ailments for the past few years. He was admitted to the Ashwini Hospital in Cuttack after his health condition deteriorated on December 9 last year.

 

About Editor in chief

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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