Business News/ News / India/  Director Pradeep Sarkar passes away at 67

Filmmaker Pradeep Sarkar, known for hit films like Parineeta, Mardani passed away today. He was 67. As per media reports, He was rushed to to the hospital after his potassium levels dropped. Sarkar was on dialysis.

Taking to Twitter, Filmmaker Hansal Mehta shared a picture of Pradeep. He wrote, “Pradeep Sarkar. Dada. RIP."

Celebs from the film industry paid their tribute for the later director. Actor Ajay Devgan wrote, “The news of Pradeep Sarkar’s demise, ‘Dada’ to some of us is still hard to digest. My deepest condolences. My prayers are with the departed and his family. RIP Dada"

Kajol, who featured in Pradeep's last big-screen directorial 'Helicopter Eela', posted a sweet picture where she is seen keeping her head on the director's shoulder. Kajol wrote, “Dada, you will be missed. Your sense of humour, humility and all the work you put into your films will always be remembered. RIP."

Director Kunal Kohli took to twitter to pay tribute to the late director and also dedicated a song. He wrote. “Shocked & Sad to hear about Dada Pradeep Sarkar. Really sweet man. Had lovely conversations about cinema with him. RIP Dada. Here’s a song from your film to celebrate you & your cinema"

Expressing shock, Actor Manoj Bajpai tweeted, “Ohh! That’s so shocking! Rest in peace Dada!!"

Giving details about his late rites, Actress Neetu Chandra wrote, “Very sad to know about our dearest director pradeepsrkar dada. I started my career with him. He had an aesthetic talent to make his films look larger than life. From Parineeta, laga chunri mein daag to a no. of movies. Dada, you will be be missed."

Kangana Ranaut shared a video of the last time she met the director.

"Last meal I had with Pradeep dada, he knew I love Bengali food, this was during Noti Binodini prep meet, that’s his hand in the first frame... Such terrible news, we were to meet as soon as I got to Mumbai... My heart is sinking and I won’t be able to cope with this shocking news," she tweeted.

Tahir Raj Bhasin, who made his big-screen debut in Pradeep's 'Mardaani', got emotional. He wrote on Instagram, "Woke up to the extremely sad news of passing away of Pradeep Dada. I will always remember him with eternal gratitude as the man who trusted me with Mardaani. He was a maestro whose experience and guidance gave me the confidence to act to my fullest potential in my debut film. He mentored and then gave me space to create a part and in this trust lay his genius. I remember being extremely nervous on day one of shoot. It was a production heavy day, we were holding up traffic and there were a 100 junior artists on set. An intimidating environment for a first timer. After my first take I waited with baited breath as he watched the monitor. After what seemed like an eternity, he yelled out for the entire set to hear, "that was great!". Just that validation from your first director still rings in my ears when I walk on to a set to this day. He was a visionary par excellence, ahead of his time. He lives on in the films he created. May he rest in peace."


Sarkar is directing many films. He started his director debut with Vidya Balan’s Parineeta in 2005. Other films directed by him are Mardaani (2014), Laga Chunari Mein Daag (2007), Helicopter Eela (2018), Lafangey Parindey (2010). Not just films, Sarkar has also directed web series like Coldd Lassi Aur Chicken Masala (2019), Arranged Marriage And Forbidden Love (2020), Duranga (2022). In 2005, He was awarded Filmfare Award for Best Art Direction and Zee Cine Award for Most Promising Director for Parineeta. In 2006, he won Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut Film of a Director.

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Updated: 24 Mar 2023, 04:08 PM IST
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