Noted Bengali actor Haradhan Bandopadhyay, who worked in several films over the past six decades including many celluloid classics directed by legendary film-maker Satyajit Ray, passed away in a hospital here on Saturday after a brief illness. He was 87.
He is survived by his wife and two sons.
Bandopadhyay was honoured with “Banga Vibhushan” by the West Bengal Government in 2011 for his contribution to cinema.
The actor who got his first celluloid break in 1950, featured in the film Michael Madhusudan and thereafter in films like Mahanagar , Sakha Prasakha , Sonar Kella and Jai Baba Felunath – made by Ray.
Among of his last acts on screen is the Ranbir Kapoor-Priyanka Chopra starrer Barfi , directed by Anurag Basu. He also acted in another popular Hindi film, Parineeta .
He had also worked with celebrated directors like Mrinal Sen, Gautam Ghosh and Satyajit Ray’s son Sandip Ray.
Expressing condolence over his death, renowned film-maker Gautam Ghosh described him as a very active person and said that he enjoyed working him in his film Dekha.
Sandip Ray described Bandopadhyay’s death as an “irreparable loss to the film industry”.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also expressed her condolences and walked in the funeral procession of the actor from the Tollygunj studios. She said that she had been in touch with the actor and his demise was unexpected.