Odia and Bollywood Icon Sadhu Meher Passes Away at 84

Bhubaneswar: Renowned actor, director, and Padma Shri awardee Sadhu Meher breathed his last on Friday at his Mumbai residence. The 84-year-old legend was celebrated for his impactful performances and contributions to both Bollywood and Odia cinema.

Meher’s career encompassed diverse roles, from powerful leads to memorable character portrayals. He rose to prominence in Hindi films like “Bhuvan Shome,” “Ankur” (earning him a National Award for Best Actor), and “Mrigaya.” He also captivated audiences in Odia cinema, starring in the National Award-winning “Bhukha” by Sabyasachi Mohapatra.

Beyond acting, Meher excelled behind the camera, directing acclaimed films like “Abhimaan” (starring Uttam Mohanty), “Aparichita,” “Abhilasha,” and the children’s film “Babula.” His directorial prowess shone in “Gopa Re Badhuchhi Kala Kanhei,” showcasing his versatility as a filmmaker.

Meher’s talent transcended generations. His portrayal in the 1999 Bollywood film “Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehte Hain” alongside Anil Kapoor and Kajol solidified his status as a beloved character artist.

Meher’s extensive filmography includes Hindi gems like “27 Down,” “Nishaant,” “Manthan,” “Inkaar,” “Safed Haathi,” “Debshishu,” and “Shesha Drushti.” He also starred in Sabyasachi Mohapatra’s multilingual masterpiece “Jai Jagannath,” leaving an indelible mark on Indian cinema.

Odisha and the nation mourn the loss of a cinematic giant. Sadhu Meher’s legacy will continue to inspire generations of actors, directors, and film enthusiasts.

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