Veteran Bengali Actor Tapas Pal Dies At 61

Mayukh Bari18 February 2020 11:15AM IST
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Tapas Pal - the veteran Bengali actor took his last breath today at a hospital in Mumbai around three o'clock in the morning. He was suffering from neurological disorders, which lastly led to cardiac arrest. At the death of the actor, an era of the Bengali film industry comes to an end. Actor Chiranjeet Chakraborty, director Buddhadev Dasgupta, director Harnath Chakraborty, actor Debashree Roy, and many others mourned at the demise of the famed actor. Actor Chiranjeet Chakraborty had done multiple films with Tapas Pal. They worked together as friends. This morning when the news of Tapas Pal's death came to Chiranjeet, he virtually broke down. He said,

"I lost a brother. He made good pictures in a row. 'Dadar Kirti', 'Saheb'... His pictures cannot be forgotten. But in the end, he was lost. Such a brilliant boy, lost. I was in trouble for him too. Today I received news of his death. But even if Tapas is gone, his spirit will remain. I feel so bad."

"What shall I say? I have nothing to say. I can't think of that. He went away prematurely." said Debashree Roy. Actress Rituparna Sengupta said,

"Tapasda is a hero to Bengali audience whose footprint will remain as long as the Bengali film industry exists. I never thought that he can leave us this soon."

Director Buddhadev Dasgupta said,

"Tapas Pal was an outstanding performer. But sadly, Tollygunge could not evaluate his acting talent. We worked together many times. His work was top-notch."

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee said,

Saddened & shocked to hear about the demise of Tapas Paul. He was a superstar of Bengali cinema who was a member of the Trinamool family. Tapas served the people as a two-term MP and MLA. We will miss him dearly. My condolences to his wife Nandini, daughter Sohini & his many fans.

Tapas Paul was born on 29 September 1958 in Chandannagar. He shot to fame and popularity with his debut film 'Dadar Kirti' (1980), a romantic drama by Tarun Majumdar, and sustained his fame with films like 'Saheb', 'Maya Mamata', 'Bhalobasa Bhalobasa', 'Guru Dakshina', 'Mangal Deep' to name few. The famed actor also portrayed the lead role in 'Abodh' which signifies the debut of famous Bollywood actor Madhuri Dixit.