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Legendary veteran actor Bijay Mohanty passes away at 70

Bhubaneswar: Right from the 1970s till date, if Odia cine industry had a man for all seasons, it would be none other than Bijay Mohanty, an icon of Odia cinema and an entire acting school in himself. The veteran actor passed away today at the age of 70 not only creating a void in the cine industry but also leaving entire Odisha in a state of shock.
The Odia actor was undergoing treatment in Hyderabad after a cardiac arrest in May 2020. Mohanty was also suffering from diabetes-related disorders and had undergone surgery. On June 24, Mohanty returned to Bhubaneswar from Hyderabad after he showed signs of improvement. He was admitted to a hospital here for follow-up treatment and was later discharged following stability in his health condition.
On Monday evening, Bijay Mohanty’s health condition deteriorated and he was immediately rushed to hospital, where he passed away while undergoing treatment.
Bijay Mohanty is well known for his noted performances in several movies including Naga Phasa, Jaga Hatare Pagha, Dora, Sahari Bagha, Laxman Rekha, Ki Heba Sua Posile, and Chaka Akhi Sabu Dekhuchi.
Born in the year 1950 at Pandiri in Kendrapara, Mohanty grew up in Baripada. He found his passion for acting during his school days. While working as a clerk in the transport department, he set up a theatre organisation with help of his friends. With sheer hard work he managed to get a national scholarship and a seat in the National School of Drama. Bijay Mohanty was the first to become an alumnus of the illustrious institute where his classmates were legendary actors like Naseeruddin Shah, Raj Babbar, Om Puri.
His journey to greatness began after he returned to Odisha and joined as a teacher in Utkal Sangeet Mahavidyalaya. With a career spanning over 4 decades, Mohanty rose to stardom when his maiden film ‘Chilika Tire’ won the National Award in 1977.
After making his debut in 1977, he has worked in over 150 movies. For his contribution to the film industry, Bijay Mohanty was conferred with several accolades including a National Award, six Odisha State Film Awards, Jaydev Award (2014) and Orissa Cine Critics Award (1987).
Bijay had joined the Indian National Congress (INC) in 2014 and contested from Bhubaneswar Lok Sabha seat unsuccessfully.
Soon after his demise, condolences poured in not only from the film fraternity & his fans but also from several quarters. Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, and leaders of several political parties condoled the demise of the actor.

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