Bengali actor and former MP Tapas Paul passes away at 61

Paul complained of chest pain at the Mumbai airport during his return to Kolkata and was rushed to a hospital in Juhu

Tapas Paul, Bengali actor, Trinamool Congress MP, passes away, cardiac arrest, Saheb, Filmfare
Tapas Paul was awarded the Filmfare Award for his performance in the film 'Saheb'. File photo: PTI

Veteran Bengali actor and former Trinamool Congress MP Tapas Paul died of cardiac arrest early Tuesday, family sources said.

He was 61.

Paul, who had gone to Mumbai to visit his daughter, complained of chest pain at the Mumbai airport during his return to Kolkata and was rushed to a hospital in Juhu but died around 4 am, they said.

He had been suffering from heart ailments and been to hospitals several times for treatment during the past two years.

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Paul, a two-term MP from Krishnanagar and MLA from Alipore, is survived by his daughter and wife.

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He stayed away from acting in films after the CBI arrested him in the Rose Valley chit-fund scam in December 2016. He was given bail after 13 months.

A romantic hero, having endeared himself to the Bengali audience since his debut film Dadar Kirti in 1980, Paul became a known household name because of his lead roles in Saheb (1981), Parabat Priya (1984), Bhalobasa Bhalobasa (1985), Anurager Choyan (1986) and Amar Bandhan (1986).

He made his Bollywood debut in Hiren Nags Abodh (1984) opposite Madhuri Dixit.

He was awarded the Filmfare Award for Saheb (1981).

Veteran Bengali actor Ranjit Mallick described Paul’s death as “untimely”. “I am yet to come to terms with the news. He was like my younger brother. Yes, he was not keeping well for some time,” Mallick said.

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