Priyanka mourns the death of Haradhan Bandopadhyay
Haradhan Bandopadhyay had been a veteran actor in the Bengali Film Industry. He recently, at the age of 87 made his mark in a very successful film of Bollywood titled “Barfi”. The film starred Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and newcomer Ileana D’Cruz. This film was also India’s official entry to the Oscar’s, though it never made it to the final list of films. However, the talented actor breathed his last on the 5th of January, 2013.
Haradhan Bandopadhay played the character of that of a head of a mental asylum. He was fondly named as ‘Daju’ by Priyanka’s character Jhilmil in the film.
Priyanka Chopra made no delay in tweeting about the talented actor, saying “Woke up to the saddest news. The wonderful actor who played Jhilmil’s Daju in Barfi Mr Haradhan Banerjee passed away.. RIP sir.. You blessed us.”
The actor who had been 87 year old had been struggling for life in his last fifteen days at a Hospital in Kolkata.
Anurag Basu who directed “Barfi” also tweeted, saying, “For rest of our lives we will cherish golden moments spent with Haradhanda! At 87 He was younger than me at heart.”
Haradhan Bandopadhyay had worked in many celebrated films of ace director Satyajit Ray such as ‘Jai Baba Felunath’, ‘Shonar Kella’, ‘Mahanagar’ and many more. He was also seen in “Parineeta” which was directed by Pradeep Sarkar.
In the Bengal film industry, he had worked with directors such as Mrinal Sen and Satyajit Ray’s son Sandip Ray.
Sandip Ray expressed his sadness saying, “It is sad news and an irreparable loss to the film industry. It is difficult to find an actor of his capability at his age.”
Soumitra Chatterjee, a renowned actor of Bengali cinema, also said, “It is difficult to express the loss. We have worked together at the AIR before coming to the film world.”
Parambrata Chatterjee, the Bengali actor who was seen in the applauded Hindi film “Kahaani” that was directed by Sujoy Ghosh and starred Vidya Balan, tweeted “In his mid 80’s he was the youngest amongst us... Will miss you a lot Haradhan Jyethu (Uncle)….”
West Bengal Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee also conveyed her grief, saying “In his death there has been an irreparable loss in the fields of Bengali film and theatre.” She added saying, “His acting in the films ‘Akaskusum’, ‘Simabaddha’, ‘Joybaba Felunath’ and ‘Krantikal’ will ever remain in our memory”.