Veteran Bengali actor Dwijen Bandyopadhyay (68) died early today at his residence here. Bandyopadhyay, who is survived by wife and a daughter, died of massive cardiac arrest at his residence at around 2 am today, his famly said. He was a known face in both theatre and cinema and had acted in both art house and mainstream films like ‘Chander Bari’, ‘Jekhane Bhooter Bhoy’, ‘Phoring’, ‘Autograph’, ‘Prem By Chance’ to name a few. Thespian Soumitra Chatterjee was among those who went to Bandyopadhyay’s residence to pay his last tribute.
Bandyopadhyay’s body was taken to Academy of Fine Arts before cremation. Director Atanu Ghosh said, “It is a sad day for all of us and great loss for the Bengali film industry and stage.” Sudeshna Roy, director of the film ‘Sudhu Tumi’ in which Bandyopadhyay had acted, said, “I can’t yet believe this. We were supposed to meet in October. Dwijen-da had also worked with our seral ‘Labanyer Sansar’. Durga Puja this year started on a sad note for us.”