A great era of the Odia cinema industry came to an end with the demise of acting maestro Mihir Das on Tuesday at an early age of 63.
In an illustrious career spanning over four decades, Mihir is credited to have been a torch-bearer of the Odisha cine industry through the passage of time that saw many ups and downs.
A superbly versatile actor, Mihir nailed every character he played with unparallel grace and intensity, be it the character of a son, father, protagonist, or even an antagonist. One of the most sought-after actors of his time, Mihir showed his envious acting magic in over 200 films.
His death has indeed caused an irreparable loss not only to the film industry but the whole of Odisha. Eminent personalities apart, netizens from all walks of life mourned the passing away of the thespian.
From the political spectrum, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik took to Twitter soon after the demise of the actor broke and shared a heartfelt condolence message. “The impact of Mihir Das on the Odia cine industry will forever remain etched in the memory of all,” Patnaik tweeted.
ବର୍ଷୀୟାନ ଅଭିନେତା ମିହିର ଦାସଙ୍କ ଦେହାନ୍ତ ବିଷୟରେ ଜାଣି ମୁଁ ଦୁଃଖିତ। ଓଡ଼ିଆ କଳା ଜଗତରେ ସେ ଛାଡିଯାଇଥିବା ଅଭିନୟର ଛାପ ତାଙ୍କୁ ସର୍ବଦା ଅମର କରି ରଖିବ। ତାଙ୍କ ବିୟୋଗ ଓଡ଼ିଆ କଳାଜଗତ ପାଇଁ ଏକ ଅପୂରଣୀୟ କ୍ଷତି। ତାଙ୍କ ଅମର ଆତ୍ମାର ସଦଗତି କାମନା କରିବା ସହ ଶୋକସନ୍ତପ୍ତ ପରିବାରବର୍ଗଙ୍କ ପ୍ରତି ମୋର ସମବେଦନା ଜଣାଉଛି।— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) January 11, 2022
Odisha Governor Ganeshi Lal expressed his sympathy to the bereaved family of the actor in his condolence message. "Mihir Das will always remain in the hearts of countless fans of Odia cinema for ages to come," Governor Lal wrote in his Twitter.
In an emotional condolence message, Director General of Narcotics Control Bureau, Satya Narayan Pradhan tweeted, "It is the death of a dear brother, a legendary actor & end of an era in Odia cinematic culture. Will miss you always Tulubhai!
Extremely shocked & saddened by the death of veteran Odia actor #MihirDas -Tulubhai to all of us since childhood. It is the death of a dear brother,a legendary actor & end of an era in Odia cinematic culture. Will miss you always Tulubhai !— ѕαtчα prαdhαnसत्य नारायण प्रधान ସତ୍ୟ ପ୍ରଧାନ (@satyaprad1) January 11, 2022
Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan wrote in his Twitter message, "I am saddened by the death of Mihir Das, a well-known actor in the Odisha Cine world. My relationship with him was not like that of an artist, but of a big brother. He is not in our company today, I can't believe the news."
BJP National Vice President Jay Panda mourned the passing away of Mihir Das. In a Tweet, Panda wrote, "An era in the Odia film world has come to an end. I am distressed to hear of the untimely death of Mihir Das, a well-known and popular actor. He became known at home in Odisha for his impeccable acting."
ଓଡ଼ିଆ ଚଳଚ୍ଚିତ୍ର ଜଗତରେ ଏକ ଯୁଗର ଅବସାନ ହୋଇଛି ।— Baijayant Jay Panda (@PandaJay) January 11, 2022
ସୁନାମଧନ୍ୟ ଓ ଲୋକପ୍ରିୟ ଅଭିନେତା ମିହିର ଦାସଙ୍କ ଅକାଳ ବିୟୋଗ ଖବର ଶୁଣି ମୁଁ ଅତ୍ୟନ୍ତ ଦୁଃଖିତ । ସେ ତାଙ୍କର ନିଖୁଣ ଅଭିନୟ ପାଇଁ ଓଡ଼ିଶାର ଘରେ ଘରେ ପରିଚିତ ହୋଇପାରିଥିଲେ । ଶୋକସନ୍ତପ୍ତ ପରିବାରବର୍ଗଙ୍କୁ ମୋର ଗଭୀର ସମବେଦନା ।
ଓଁ ଶାନ୍ତି 🙏🙏 pic.twitter.com/J7VuvbZxK5
Odisha Congress president Niranjan Patnaik also condoled the death of the veteran actor.
Just heard the sad news about the demise of legendary Odia actor,— Niranjan Patnaik (@NPatnaikOdisha) January 11, 2022
Shri #MihirDas. It’s a huge setback for Odisha film industry. He was a versatile actor with a huge fan following across generations. My heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and fans.🙏 pic.twitter.com/9IIpUqLcnY
Ace film maker Nila Madhav Panda expressed grief in his Twitter message on Mihir Das's demise.
Heartbreaking to hear that Veteran Odia Actor Mihir Das is no more. Can't believe he is gone so soon. A true pioneer of the Odisha Entertainment industry. My deepest condolences to the family and loved ones— Nila Madhab PANDA ନୀଳମାଧବ ପଣ୍ଡା (@nilamadhabpanda) January 11, 2022
Om Shanti 🙏
The Odia film fraternity came together in bidding a fitting farewell to the great actor.
DD Odia paid tribute to versatile actor Mihir Das on his passing away today.
Speaking to OTV, actor Sabyasachi Mishra said, “I was like a son to him. He was and will always remain my favourite actor. Apart from his brilliant acting skills, his youthfulness helped many budding actors like us to feel at ease around him.”
“He was a hero, he was a villain, he was a comedian and he was a character artist. Versatility thy name was Mihir Das,” senior actor and director, Pradyumna Lenka described Das in his mourning message.
“He was very dear to me. We had acted in over 100 movies together. It is rare to find an actor like him. Though he was junior to me in age, I have learnt a lot from him,” Lenka added.
Creative Head, Odisha Television Network, Ranjan Satpathy said, "Mihir Bhai was the 'smile of Odia film industry. His acting gave life to movies like no one other could. The time of COVID has taken away another great soul, a milestone in cine industry from us in Mihir Bhai like in the cases of Bijay Mohanty, Ajit Babu and others.”
Condolence messages flooded the social media platforms with fans from all walks of life expressing sympathy over the passing away of Das.
One Twitterati wrote a beautiful caption, "He came, He Conquered, He Left...!!! End of an era!" with a clip from a film acted by Mihir Das.
Rest in peace legend Shri #MihirDas. He will be alive in the hearts of his fans, tweeted Arkesh Narayan Singh Deo.
Rest in peace legend Shri #MihirDas. He will be alive in the hearts of his fans.— Arkesh Narayan Singh Deo (@ArkeshOfficial) January 11, 2022
No matter how unusual, he always went the extra mile and did something extraordinary through his performance. pic.twitter.com/GsV1cxPAEe
Similarly, another fan wrote, "Rip the most versatile actor in ollywood industry...Loudly crying faceLoudly crying face. Nobody can replace #mihirdas ur acting skills in Odia movie industry…. It’s a loss of industry … Om Shanti.
Former Cricketer Pragyan Ojha took to his Twitter page to share a tribute message to Mihir Das.