An era comes to an end in Ollywood as veteran actor Bijay Mohanty passes away

The actor was mainly known for playing negative roles in Odia cinema

By Our Correspondent

Bijay Mohanty (1950-1970)

Veteran Odia (also written as Odiya) actor Bijay Mohanty passed away  on Monday (20 July 2020) at a private hospital in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. He was 70. Mohanty was counted among the finest actors of Odia cinema, popularly known as Ollywood. 

Reportedly, Mohanty was admitted in a hospital in Hyderabad after he suffered a cardiac arrest in May. He was then diagnosed with diabetes and underwent a minor surgery, a few months ago. On 14 June, 2020, he was brought back to Bhubaneswar where he was undergoing treatment. The actor was rushed to a private hospital at the Odisha capital, where his condition deteriorated. The actor is said to have died while undergoing treatment.

Born in 1950 in Odisha’s Kendrapara District, Mohanty would later join the National School of Drama (NSD), New Delhi, Mohanty started his career with theatre as a performer and moved on to direct several plays before venturing into films. He received the National Film Award for his performance in his debut film ‘Chilika Tire’(1977).  

Having started his film career in 1977, Mohanty went on to act in over 150 films. His other notable films include Arati (1981), Mamata Mage Mula (1985), Aei Aama Sansara (1986), Aama Ghara Aama Sansara (1991), Ki Heba Sua Posile, Bhisma Pratigya (1993), Bhai Hela Bhagari (1994), Suna Panjuri, Laxman Rekha, Rakhi Bhijigala Akhi Luhare and I Love My India.

The actor had also unsuccessfully contested for the Bhubaneswar Lok Sabha seat in the 2014 general election on a Congress ticket. 

Mohanty is survived by his wife Tandra Ray, who is also an actress in the Odia film industry, and daughter Jasmine.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik mourned the veteran actor’s death.

“He occupies a very special place in the hearts of millions of fans across the state and outside. His death marks the end of an era in the Odia film industry and has created a deep void in the industry. His contributions to Odia films will leave an unforgettable imprint for all times to come”,” wroted Patnaik.

“His demise marks the end of an era in the Odia film world. Bijay Mohanty, who won the hearts of millions through his acting, will be remembered for the times to come”, the CM further added.

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