Report by Dipti Ranjan Kanungo; Cuttack : Distinguished Oriya film actor and Director Hemant Das died on Tuesday after a prolonged illness. He was 76 and his wife and only son had died before him.
While he was shifted to SCB medical college in serious condition from his native village, Khuranga of Banki Sub Division of Cuttack district he expired in the way.He had acted in Oriya Film Sesha Sraban, Jajabara, Niraba Jhada, Danda Balunga, Kanyadana etc. more than 50 oriya films and TV serials. He has also acted in Hindi film Sodh. He was awarded Jayadev award , Kelucharan award and Orissa Cine critic Association award.Many Oriya film artistes, his fans and friends rushed to his village to pay homage to the veteran actor.
The Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has expressed his hearty grief on the death of veteran actor and Director.