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Sharmili Mallick

Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the demise of veteran Odia actor Mihir Das who passed away while undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Cuttack on Tuesday.

“Saddened by the demise of noted Odia actor Shri Mihir Das Ji. During his long film career, he won many hearts thanks to his creative performances. My thoughts are with his family and admirers. Om Shanti,” read a tweet from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).



The 63-year-old actor was suffering from kidney ailments for the past few years. Around a month ago he was admitted to a private hospital in Cuttack where he was on ventilator support and was undergoing dialysis. However, he died yesterday afternoon.

Meanwhile, the mortal remains of Das have been kept at his residence at Sector-8 in Cuttack for paying last respect. His body will be taken to his paternal house at Nuagada in a procession and then will be brought to Satichaura cremation ground.

As per the orders of the State government, the mortal remains of the actor will be consigned to flames with full state honours and will be given a guard of honour before the cremation, Cuttack District Collector, Bhabani Shankar Chayani had informed on Tuesday.

People from all walks of life gathered at Das’ residence to pay their last tribute to the veteran actor.

Expressing grief over the senior actor’s death, veteran actor Mahasweta Ray said, “His death has created a devoid for us. When he acts as a co-star, the performance becomes more beautiful. He should not have gone too soon.”

“A person needs the blessings of God to become an artist and a lot of blessings are required to become an actor like Mihir Das. The demise of Mihir Bhai is not only a loss for the cine industry but for the entire Odisha. It is next to impossible to become an actor like him,” said Akash Dasnayak.

“His talent cannot be measured and expressed in words. I used to call him brother as he was some three to four years elder to me but he was a friend to me,” said Raimohan Parida while condoling his death.

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