‘Jana Aranya’ actor Pradip Mukherjee passes away at 76

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On Monday, Bengali film industry was shocked when legendary actor Pradip Mukherjee left for heavenly abode at the age of 76. Best remembered for his iconic role of Somnath in Satyajit Ray’s Jana Aranya, Mukherjee died in a hospital in Kolkata. He is survived by his wife, son and daughter. He last shot for Nirmal Chakraborty’s Bengali film Datta starring Rituparna Sengupta.

Born on August 11, 1946, Mukherjee also received accolades for his role of Dr Maiti in the Vidya Balan Kahaani 2: Durga Rani Singh. His performances in Buddhadeb Dasgupta’s Dooratwa and Rituparno Ghosh’s Utsab were also praise worthy.

He was tested Covid-19 positive twice in the last two years. Having lung infection, he was hospitalized on August 22 where his condition deteriorated.

After graduating from City College in Kolkata, he also received a degree in law. So, apart from acting, Mukherjee was also a practising tax consultant.

Besides taking drama lessons, he was actively associated with a number of theatre academies.

Mukherjee started his acting career on stage, where he was noticed by Ray, who offered him Somnath in Jana Aranya.

“Rest in Peace Pradipda (#pradipmukherjee). A fine actor and a lovely human being. We will always hold you close in our memories and hearts,” tweeted director Arindam Sil.

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