Bengali actor Tapas Paul who made Bollywood debut opposite Madhuri passes away at 61

Bengali actor Tapas Paul who made Bollywood debut opposite Madhuri passes away at 61

Kolkata, February 18

Veteran Bengali actor and former Trinamool Congress MP Tapas Paul died of cardiac arrest early on Tuesday, family sources said.

He was 61.

Paul, who had gone to Mumbai to visit his daughter, complained of chest pain at the Mumbai airport during his return to Kolkata and was rushed to a hospital in Juhu but died around 4 am, they said.

He had been suffering from heart ailments and been to hospitals several times for treatment during the past two years.

Paul, a two-term MP from Krishnanagar and MLA from Alipore, is survived by wife and daughter.

He remained away from films after the CBI arrested him in the Rose Valley chit-fund scam in December 2016 and was given bail after 13 months.

A romantic hero, having endeared himself to the Bengali audience since his debut film ‘Dadar Kirti’ in 1980, Paul became a household name because of his lead roles in ‘Saheb’ (1981), ‘Parabat Priya’ (1984), ‘Bhalobasa Bhalobasa’ (1985), ‘Anurager Choyan’ (1986) and ‘Amar Bandhan’ (1986).

He made his Bollywood debut in Hiren Nag’s ‘Abodh’ (1984) opposite Madhuri Dixit.

He was awarded the Filmfare Award for ‘Saheb’ (1981).

Veteran Bengali actor Ranjit Mallick described Paul’s death as “untimely”.

“I am yet to come to terms with the news. He was like my younger brother. Yes he was not keeping well for some time,” Mallick said. PTI

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