Bhubaneswar: The mortal remains of legendary actor Bijay Mohanty were consigned to flames at Satya Nagar crematorium in Odisha capital today as Ollywood fraternity and his fans bid a tearful adieu to the superstar.
Mohanty’s son-in-law lit the funeral pyre during the cremation. He was cremated with state honours as announced by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
Earlier in the day, the body was taken from the hospital where he died to his residence at Bomikhal, where his kin paid last respects to the departed soul. Later, the body was taken to the Utkal Sangeet Mahavidyalaya, where artistes of Odia movie industry paid floral tributes to the deceased actor.
Notably, Mohanty passed away at CARE Hospital here yesterday. On May 27, Mohanty was admitted to a private hospital in Hyderabad after he suffered a cardiac arrest. After undergoing treatment at the Hyderabad-based hospital for 15 days, Mohanty had returned to Odisha last month. A pall of gloom descended on the Ollywood fraternity after the demise of the actor.
An alumnus of National School of Drama, Mohanty debuted in Ollywood in the year 1977 with the movie Chilika Tire, which won National Award. He created a huge fan base in Odisha by portraying all kinds of roles ranging from protagonist, villain to comedian.
During the initial phase of his career, he showcased his acting skills in negative roles in movies Naga Phasa, Samay Bada Balaban, Danda Balunga, Sahari Bagha, Chaka Bhaunri and Chaka Akhi Sabu Dekhuchi.
Later, he went on to win hearts of many with his mesmerizing performances in films Arati, Mamata Mage Mula, Aei Aama Sansara, Aama Ghara Aama Sansara, Ki Heba Sua Posile, Bhisma Pratigyan, Bhai Hela Bhagari, Suna Panjuri, Laxman Rekha, Rakhi Bhijigala Akhi Luhare and many other movies.
He was honoured with Jayadev Award in 2014 and National Award for his contribution to art and literature. He also won Odisha State Film Awards six times for Arati, Mamata Mage Mula, Aei Aama Sansara, Aama Ghara Aama Sansara, Bhisma Pratigyan, and Bhai Hela Bhagari.