Filmmaker Pradeep Sarkar, breathed his last at a hospital in the wee hours of Friday. He was aged 67. The director has some of the most popular films to his credit, including ‘Parineeta’, ‘Mardaani’, and others.
The news of his demise was confirmed on social media by filmmaker Hansal Mehta. Sarkar was reportedly suffering from kidney ailments and was also on dialysis.
As soon as news of his demise broke, tributes and condolences poured in for the filmmaker from all corners of the country.
Celebrities such as – Manoj Bajpayee, Ajay Devgan, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Rani Mukherjee and many others shared their emotional responses on social media platforms like Twitter, Instagram and others.
Actress Rani Mukerji has worked with him in Laaga Chunari Mein Daag and Mardaani. Hearing upon the news she reacted, “I’m very very shocked by the news of Dada’s passing away. I, in fact, spoke to him just the other day when I had gone to Amritsar, to the Golden Temple where he had called me telling me about my film so we had a long chat, he was insisting to do a facetime call but that day the network was not good so I was unable to video call with him. We were planning to meet this week when I got back but it is just so unexpected. His wife (Panchali boudi) called me at 4 am when this happened, it is really sad and shocking that dada has passed away like this. Boudi had informed me that he was on remission and he was all ok. He was also shooting these last few days so I don’t know how it all transpired in just a matter of a few hours. I’m sure everybody who knows Dada will feel his loss deeply the way I’m feeling it. I had a great connection with him, we’ve done a lot of work together over the years, so it’s literally like losing a family member. My heart goes out to Boudi, Ronno and Raya as they were a very close-knit family and to all the people who worked in Dada’s production house and those who have been attached to him over the years. It’s going to be a great loss for them. So I’m really very saddened by this because I was meant to meet him soon so I feel terrible about it. You never realise how life is so unpredictable, you speak to a person and the next thing you know is that the person is not there. I will hold on to my last memory of him being so happy and excited for me as he had called me to share the feedback that he was getting for my film and me from all over.“
On Pradeep Sarkar sir’s death, director Gopi Puthran says, “Dada! What can I say! Lost a guru and a friend. Someone who pushed, empowered and mentored not just me but many more like me. Made a path for outsiders like us in this industry. Dada who always had the childlike enthusiasm as an artist and a human being. I’ll really miss him. My thoughts and prayers with the family.”
Sarkar’s last known work was ‘Duranga’, a web series starring Drashti Dhami and Gulshan Devaiah. He was also set to helm Kangana Ranaut’s upcoming film, which is a biopic based on the life and times of noted Bengali theatre artist Noti Binodini.