Courtesy : The Daily Hunt
Renowned Bengali actor and former Trinamool Congress MP Tapas Pal who landed himself in innumerable controversies passed away on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 after suffering a major cardiac arrest. He was in Mumbai at the time of his untimely death.
As per reports, he was returning from his visit to his hometown, Kolkata, West Bengal where he had gone to meet his wife, Nandini Paul and daughter Sohini Paul; and upon reaching the Mumbai airport he complained of chest pain following which he was immediately rushed to a hospital near Juhu. At around 4 am in the morning as per the IST, he breathed his last. He was 61.
Expressing his shock, Bengali actor Ranjit Mallick described Tapas Pal's death as "untimely" and said, "I am yet to come to terms with the news. Yes, he was not keeping well for some time."
Speaking of Tapas Pal's political career, he was elected to the Lok Sabha from the Krishnanagar constituency back in 2009 and 2014. Prior to that, he became a member of the West Bengal Assembly two times in 2001 and 2006 by winning from Alipore constituency.
In his career spanning over three decades, Tapas Pal etched a permanent place in the heart of Bengali cine lovers with his memorable and soulful portrayal of lead roles in blockbusters like Dadar Kirti (1980), Saheb (1981), Bhalobasa Bhalobasa (1985), Gurudakshina (1987) and Anurager Choyan (1986).
Tapas Pal landed himself in various infamous controversies in the last few years, including the 'rape threat controversy'.
Back in 2014, a video of his speech warning Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) men to be "beware" of him as he won't spare them "and destroy your entire clan" and "unleash my boys to rape your women" became viral, causing widespread outrage across India.
He was also arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on December 30, 2016, in connection with the multi-crore rupee Rose Valley Chit Fund scam, and got bail after remaining over 1 year in incarceration.
Tapas Pal's colleague and Trinamool MP Derek O'Brien took to Twitter saying, "Tapas Pal. 1958-2020, today. King of Bangla cinema. Former Trinamool MP and MLA. Travel well, my friend."
"Sad news of the demise of Mr. #TapasPaul, a popular actor of Bengali films and former TMC MP. I pray to God to grant the departed soul a place at my feet and the family to bear this profound grief. Humble tribute!" Former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan tweeted in Hindi.
We pray for the departed soul to rest in peace and my God grant courage to the family to bear the loss.
(With agency inputs)