Tapas Pal remained away from films after CBI arrested him in the Rose Valley chit-fund scam in December 2016 and was given bail after 13 months. (Photo Credit: Sourced)
Veteran Bengali actor and former Trinamool Congress MP Tapas Pal died of cardiac arrest early Tuesday, family sources said. He was 61. Pal, 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.
A two-term MP from Krishnanagar and MLA from Alipore, he is survived by his daughter and wife. Pal remained away from films after 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, Pal became a known household name because of his lead roles in Saheb (1981), Parabat Priya (1984), Bhalobasa Bhalobasa (1985), Anurager Choyan (1986) and Amar Bandhan (1986).
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 mother. Yes he was not keeping well for some time," Mallick said.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee expressed her anguish over Pal’s demise. “Saddened and shocked to hear about the demise of Tapas Paul. He was a superstar of Bengali cinema who was a member of the Trinamool family. Tapas served the people as a two-term Member of Parliament and Member of Legislative Assembly. We will miss him dearly. My condolences to his wife Nandini, daughter Sohini and his many fans,” Banerjee said in a statement.