Ollywood actor-comedian Salil Mitra no more

Bhubaneswar: Popular Ollywood actor-comedian Salil Mitra passed away while undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Bhubaneswar late Monday night.

Mitra was critically injured in a road mishap near Ghatagaon College square in Keonjhar district on May 12. He was initially rushed to Cuttack SCB and later shifted to a private hospital in Bhubaneswar where he breathed his last.

Deepak Mitra, his cousin brother said, “Salil suffered a broken rib during the car accident which is stated to have severely injured his heart. His spinal cord was also injured during the mishap due to which he was almost under paralytic arrest. Despite sincere attempts by the doctor, his health condition did not improve and he succumbed to his injuries at around 11.30 pm yesterday.”

His family sources said that Salil’s last rites will be conducted at his ancestral village in Karanjia of Mayurbhanj district.

Renowned for his comic roles in movies and tele-serials, Mitra got his big break in Odia film industry with super hit ‘Pua Bhangi Dela Suna Sansar’ movie in 1999.

Thereafter he went on to act in several successful box office movies like ‘Sasti’, ‘Love Station’, ‘Love Pain Kuch Bhi Karega’, ‘Mahanayak’, ‘Gapa Hele Bi Sata’, ‘Sister Sridevi’.

The Ollywood film fraternity poured condolences over the sad demise of Salil.

Veteran actor Ajit Das said Salil’s demise was a personal loss to him. “His father Bankim Mitra was my teacher when I began my acting career. I have known their family ever since. Salil was like a younger brother to me and most of all a good person,” Das said.

“The day I met him, I knew one day he would become a renowned face in the Ollywood movie industry and I also motivated him saying about that. His style of comedy was quite unique. May his soul rest in peace,” said comedy actor Debu Brahma.

Comedy actor Papu Pom Pom called Salil Mitra as a lucky mascot for Odia movies and said that as an actor, his quality of expression is second to none.

BJP National Vice-president Baijayant Panda also expressed grief at the death of the noted actor.