Legendary Odia film producer, director and actor Gopal Ghosh passed away at Cuttack SCB Medical College and Hospital on Friday following a protracted illness.
He was admitted to the premier referral hospital after a cardiac arrest. He breathed his last this morning on 4.25 AM at the age of 95. His body was brought to his Nandi Sahi residence in Cuttack where relatives, friends, close acquaintances and people from Odia film industry paid their last respects.
Born in 1920 at Raghunathpur of Jagatsinghpur, Ghosh started his career as a theatre artist at the age of six. Later, he entered the cine industry and made a mark for himself.
Gopal Ghosh has directed over 50 feature films at the State and national level.
He introduced several film personalities through his film productions – Shree Lokanath, Bhai Bhauja, Ghara Sansara. Some of his well-known films include Shree Jagannath (1950) as an actor, Aamari Gaan Jhia (1954) as an actor, Shree Loknath as a partner producer, Bhai Bhauja (1964) as a producer and partner director, Ghara Sansar (1973) as a partner director and Amar Prema (1977) as a partner director.
Gopal Ghosh, the veteran filmmaker not only introduced new actors and actresses but several technical personalities to the film industry. He was known for his gentle nature and the despite earning fame, he was down to earth.
He was bestowed with Odisha Living legend Award for his lifetime contribution to Ollywood in 2014. Besides, he was also conferred with Odisha Sangeet Nataka Akademi award 1997-98 for his contribution to the industry as an actor.
The movie fraternity, politicians and film lovers expressed their grief over the demise of the veteran personality.
May his soul rest in peace.