Fraternity mourns actress

Chief minister Naveen Patnaik expressed grief over the death of veteran Odia actress Parbati Ghose, who breathed her last on Monday after prolonged illness. She was 85.

By ANWESHA AMBALY in Bhubaneshwar
  • Published 13.02.18
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Homage: Chief minister Naveen Patnaik pays tribute to actress Parbati Ghose in Bhubaneswar on Monday. 
Picture by Ashwinee Pati

Bhubaneswar: Chief minister Naveen Patnaik expressed grief over the death of veteran Odia actress Parbati Ghose, who breathed her last on Monday after prolonged illness. She was 85.

Ghose had carved a niche for herself as the state's first woman producer and director. Several film personalities rushed to the hospital on Monday to pay respects to the charismatic actress, who had set several milestones in the industry.

Born in Cuttack, Ghose made her debut as a child artiste in Shri Jagannath in 1950. She is remembered for her roles in Amari Gaon Jhua, Bhai Bhai, Maa, Laxmi, Stree, Kaa and Sansara.

Naveen, who ordered a state funeral for the actress, said through a statement: "I am deeply shocked at the passing away of veteran film personality Parbati Ghosh. She was an icon and one of the greatest gifts to Odia cinema industry."

"In the early days of Odia cinema, she single-handedly uplifted Odia cinema to a new level. She was really a symbol of women empowerment when ideas like empowerment were unheard of. Her departure is a great loss to our industry and the world of silver screen. She will always be remembered for her contribution to Odia cinema," he said.

Ghose gained fame as Chapala Nayak before tying the knot with co-actor, producer and director Gaur Prasad Ghose. She bagged National Awards for Laxmi, Kaa and Stree. Salabega (1998) was her last film as producer and director.

Veteran actress Mahasweta Ray said: "Her demise is a great loss. She was an inspiration to hundreds of women in the entertainment industry."