Bhubaneswar: Debuting with art film ‘School Master’ in 1979 and then in commercial movie ‘Mathura Bijay’ the same year, veteran actor Mihir Das ruled the Odia Cinema industry for decades.
His ability to carry out diverse roles in a wide range of genres vouched for his versatility as seen in popular films like ‘Laxmi Pratima’, ‘Pheria Mo Suna Bhauni’, ‘Rakhi Bandhili Mo Rakhiba Mana’, ‘Katha Kahiba Mo Matha Sindoor’, ‘Maa Pari Kie Heba’, ‘Dhauli Express’ and many more.
Born in Mayurbhanj district on February 11, 1959, the actor starred in over a hundred movies and shone in both lead and supporting roles. He was one of the few actors, who can nail comic and and negative roles.
Some of his popular movies are ‘Target’, ‘Gunda’, ‘My Love Story’, ‘Pahili Raja’, ‘Chori Chori Mana’. He had also been a part of few television shows.
His versatility earned him a wide range of recognitions as he won Best Supporting Actor award for ‘Laxmi Protima’ (1998), Best Actor award for ‘Bidhata’ (1999), Best Supporting Actor award for ‘Rakhi Bandhili Mo Rakhiba Mana’ (2002), Best Actor award for ‘Pheria Mo Suna Bhauni’ (2005), Best Comedian award for ‘Mu Tate Love Karuchi’ (2007) and Best Supporting Actor award for ‘Prema Adhei Akhyara’ (2010).
Today, the demise of the star left a deep void in the hearts of millions that can never be filled.
Condolences poured in from different quarters soon after reports of his death spread. People of all walks of life including those belonging to the Odia cinema and television fraternity expressed their deep grief over the loss.
Expressing grief, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik termed his death as an irreparable loss to the Odia art fraternity and he will always be remembered for his work .
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
Governor Ganeshi Lal also took to Twitter and condoled his death.
ଓଡ଼ିଆ ସିନେଜଗତର ପ୍ରଖ୍ୟାତ ଅଭିନେତା ମିହିର ଦାସଙ୍କ ପରଲୋକରେ ମାନ୍ୟବର ରାଜ୍ୟପାଳ ଗଭୀର ଶୋକ ପ୍ରକଟ କରିବା ସହିତ ତାଙ୍କର ଶୋକସନ୍ତପ୍ତ ପରିବାରବର୍ଗଙ୍କୁ ସାନ୍ତ୍ଵନା ଜଣାଇଛନ୍ତି। ସ୍ବର୍ଗତ ଦାସ ଜଣେ ଶୀର୍ଷ ସ୍ତରର କଳାକାର ଭାବେ ନିଜର ଅନନ୍ୟ ଅଭିନୟ କଳା ପାଇଁ ସବୁରି ହୃଦୟରେ ରହିବେ ବୋଲି ମାନ୍ୟବର ରାଜ୍ୟପାଳ ପ୍ରକାଶ କରିଛନ୍ତି l
— Governor Odisha (@GovernorOdisha) January 11, 2022