Eminent Filmmaker Raj Gopal Mishra is no more.
Popularly known as Raju Mishra died on Monday following a massive heart attack, at the age of 72, family sources said.
He complained of chest pain and collapsed at his residence in Jatni in the outskrits of Capital City.
An alumnus of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune, he carved a special identity in the Industry for his innovative direction for a large number of blockbusters in a career spanning around three decades.
A versatile filmmaker also had brief stints as an actor, writer and music director. Recipient of a host of awards, Veteran Filmaker, last month honoured with the prestigious Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Award for lifetime achievement and invaluable contribution to the Odia film industry.
Known as “Mr Perfectionist” in the Ollywood (Odia Film Industry) was also honoured with the coveted Jayadev Samman. Among the Blockbusters directed by him are ‘Chaka Akhi Sabu Dekhuchi’, ‘Pua Mora Kala Thakura’, ‘Sagara Ganga’, ‘Rupa Gaan Ra Suna Kania’, ‘Sata Michha’, ‘Jor Jar Mulaka Tara’, ‘Jibana Mrutyu’ and ‘Mamata Mage Mula’. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Union Petroleum and Steel Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and many political leaders and dignitaries mourned the sad demise and expressed condolences to the bereaved family. “
Deeply saddened to learn about the demise of distinguished filmmaker Raju Mishra. He will always be remembered for his films,” CM Mr.Patnaik said. Union Minister Mr.Pradhan said he won a special identity for many super hit films he had directed. “His demise has created a vacuum in the Odia cine industry,” he said.
OPCC Chief Niranjan Patnaik said the Odia film industry suffered a big loss in the death of Raju Babu.
His last rites were conducted at Swargdwar, where large number of fans paid last darshan to the departed soul