The famous Bengali actor and former Trinamool Congress MP Tapas Paul passed away on February 18 in Mumbai after suffering a cardiac arrest. He was 61. Tapas Paul went to Mumbai to visit his daughter. When he was returning to Kolkata, he complained of severe chest pain and was immediately taken to a hospital in Juhu where he died around 4 am.
Mr Pal had been suffering from heart problems for the past two years and has been hospitalized several times for treatment. In West Bengal, he was elected for two times from Krishnanagar in 2009 and 2014. Earlier in 2001 and 2006, he became a member of the West Bengal Assembly from Alipore seat.
Tapas Paul was born in 1958 on September 29 and started his career at the age of 22. He quickly gained popularity and won the heart of the audience with his debut film, Dadar Kirti in 1980. His performance in the role of ‘Kedar’ will remain ever memorable for the Bengali cinema lovers. After that he gifted us back to back hits including Saheb (1981), Bhalobasa Bhalobasa (1985), Mangal Deep (1989), Guru Dakshina (1987), Anurager Choyan (1986), Amar Baler Bandhan (1986) to name a few.
Tapas Paul stayed away from the cinema world from 2016 when he was arrested for his alleged involvement in the Ponzi firm Rose Valley Group. He served 13 months of the sentence after the controversy and was granted bail. His family, friends, and fans have expressed their grief over the sad news.
West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC supremo, Mamata Banerjee said she was “saddened and shocked” to hear about his demise. She wrote on Twitter this morning “Saddened & 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 MP and MLA. We will miss him dearly. My condolences to his wife Nandini, daughter Sohini & his many fans.”