Film actor Odia Raimohan Parida found hanged in his Bhubaneswar home | Latest India News
Famous film actor and jatra artist Raimohan Parida, who excelled in portraying negative roles, was found hanged at his home in Bhubaneswar on Friday morning.
Police officials said at first glance it appeared Parida had committed suicide at his home in Prachi Vihar area of Bhubaneswar.
“He was found hanging from a rope tied to the ceiling of his house,” said a police official from Manchewar Police Station.
Why he took such an extreme step remains unknown. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.
The 58-year-old actor was known for portraying negative roles in over 100 Odia and Bengali films as well as around 40 Jatra shows.
After Hara Patnaik, another Odia actor who succumbed to cancer in 2015, Raimohan was the biggest face in Odia films and Jatra shows when it came to playing villainous roles.
Born in Keonjhar district, Raimohan graduated from Karanjia College in Mayurbhanj district and later enrolled in Utal Sangeeta Mahavidyalaya in Bhubaneswar where he studied drama.
His first film was ‘Paka Kambal Pot Chhata’ in 1986 but he got his first recognition in the 1987 film ‘Sagar’ where he played a negative character.
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In 1991, he made his industry debut Odia Jatra by directing the play “Bhanga aaina” produced by Tarini Gananatya.
Expressing his shock at Raimohan’s death, renowned actor and former MP Siddhant Mahapatra, said it was hard to believe that an ever-smiling actor, who has experienced many ups and downs in life, could think to take such a harsh step.
“He was very successful and money cannot be the reason for his death. A thorough investigation is needed,” Mahapatra said.
Mahapatra said he met Raimohan and his family last week at a reception and the latter did not seem depressed. “He was his usual jovial self. What drove him to do something like this needs to be investigated,” he added.
As news of Raimohan’s death spread, a shocked film industry in Odia came to the actor’s home to pay their respects.
“He was always full of life. He regularly met his friends at the roadside tea stalls. He never seemed to be depressed. It beats me that he would kill himself like that. This is all a mystery to me,” actor and BJP leader Sritam Das said.
Raimohan’s filmography includes Ram Laxman, Aasibu Kebe Saji Mo Rani, Nagapanchami, UdandiSita, Tu Thile Mo Dara Kahaku, Rana Bhumi, Mental Toka, Sinha Bahini, Kulanandan, Kandhei aakhire Luha, Tu Thile Mo Dara Kahaku among others.
He has won several accolades for his performances in films like Singha Bahini (1998), Suna Bhauja (1994) and Mental (2014).
In the film Ranbhumi, his dialogue “Heiti anani Jyoti mashtrani” became a social media meme fest.
Raimohan’s death comes at a time when Odia’s entertainment industry has faced its greatest challenge with several industry veterans passing away over the past 6-7 years, while the number of venues theaters showing films from Odia has also decreased significantly.
Since 2015, several actors including Hara Patnaik, Bijay Mohanty, Ajit Das, Mihir Das, Biraj Das and Deepa Sahu have died.