Kolkata: Santu Mukhopadhyay, veteran Bengali actor, well known for his works in films such as “Sansar Simante” and “Bhalobasha Bhalobasha”, took his last breath today (Wednesday, 11th March) at his South Kolkata residence in the evening around 7:30PM. He was 69 years, died due to cardiac arrest.
He had been suffering from carcinoma for long and been hospitalized on 4th February with blood sugar and hypertension. In the last week of February he had been discharged and taken home.
Santu Mukhopadhyay was born in Kolkata, 17th January, 1951. He started his filmi career in 1975 and showed his class in films like “Raja” by Tapan Sinha and “Sansar Simante” by Tapan Majumdar. He was last seen in the film “Sanjhbati”, directed by Saibal Banerjee and Leena Gangopadhyay.
Mukhopadhyay was not only famous in big screen but was also a familiar face on small screen. One of his famous serial was Janani. He also worked in Television serials like Ishti Kutum, Jol Nupur, Kusum Dola, Andarmahal, Phagun Bou, etc.
He continued to work despite his detoriating health till recent days and his last TV serial was Mohor in Star Jalsha.
Santu Mukhopadhyay was not only an actor but was also a singer. He recorded several songs. “Parabot Priya” a Bengali movie, he sang a duet song with Arundhati Hom Chowdhury : “Amar Hridoy Tomar Apon Haater Dole” (Rabindra Sangeet). In the album “Ei Akashe Amar Mukti Aloy Aloy” he sang the title song along with his daughter Swastika Mukherjee. His rendition “Tumi Daak Diyechho Kon Sokale” was mesmerizing.
West Bengal minister Aroop Biswas visited the residence of Santu Mukhopadhyay and offered his condolences to the grieving family members. Director Kaushik Ganguly, in whose movie Brake Fail Santu Mukhopadhyay had played a key role, said: “It is a personal loss for me.”