Featured Image: Partho Mukherjee (right) in a scene from Dhanyee Meye.
Kolkata: ACTOR Partho Mukherjee, who had played Uttam Kumar’s brother Bagala in the all-time popular Bengali movie Dhanyee Meye, and had won many a hearts as Tarapada in Tapan Sinha directed Atithi, is no more.
Mukherjee (70) died at a private nursing home in Kolkata in wee hours today after being hospitalised for exactly a month. He is survived by music director wife Ashima Bhattacharya and their daughters.
Bhattacharya said that the actor slipped on the floor of his flat in Karnani Estate near Kala Mandir on 17 October and was admitted to SSKM Hospital. He was discharged after a few days but soon developed renal and other age-related ailments. This made his wife to admit him to a private nursing home on 24 November.
“He suffered a cerebral attack on 22 December and slipped into a coma. Failing all our prayers and the efforts of the doctors, he breathed his last in the wee hours today,” the widow said.
His mortal remains were kept at Technician Studio at Tollygunge during the day, where people from the creative fraternity paid their last tribute. He was then taken for the cremation.
The versatile actor-singer was born in Kolkata in 1947 and completed B.Com from Charuchandra College in the city. He then enrolled for an M.Com degree at Calcutta University but could not complete as he was engrossed in acting, which he began in 1956 as a child artiste in Chitto Basu directed Maa.
It was exactly nine years later when Mukherjee drew the attention of the Bengali audience for his outstanding performance in Atithi, the celebrated movie directed by Tapan Sinha. There was no looking back after that.
Over the years, he acted in many popular Bengali movies in important supporting roles to Uttam Kumar. These include Dhanyee Meye, Agniswar, Aamar Prithibi, Balika Badhu, Baagh Bondi Khela, etc.