Veteran Punjabi comedian Mehar Mittal, breathed his last on Saturday at a hospital in Mount Abu, Rajasthan. He was not keeping well for some time now. His family confirmed the news to local media. Mittal has been a well-known face in Punjabi movies for over four decades. He worked in more than 100 movies and ruled the small screen too. Weeks back there were rumours about his death, with several celebrities posting homage messages on social media too.
Mittal was born in a small village in Bathinda district on October 24, 1935. He was a law graduate, who practised in Chandigarh for almost eight years before taking up acting. He debuted with 1974 film ‘Sacha Mera Roop Hai’. He went on to do over 300 movies and even television soap operas. He was recognised for his selfless, devoted and inspiring services as a cine star in Punjabi films by the Dadasaheb Phalke Academy at the 136th Dadasaheb Phalke Jayanti in Mumbai.
Mittal’s other films include Qahar (1998), Tum Karo Vaada (1993), Jorr Jatt Da (1991) and Qurbani Jatt Di (1990).
In his later life, the actor had chosen to follow the spiritual path.
“I am often asked this question by all my fans but all I can say is that the world of spirituality is beyond any comparison and it makes one’s life very beautiful and satisfying. I have four daughters but I am really grateful to two of them who are part of this organisation for the past 20 years and inspired me to sail in the same boat. Such paths make old age very peaceful and rejuvenating. Always, remember whatever knowledge and talent we posses is because of God’s blessing.
Now for your rich experience in the Punjabi film industry, please share your most memorable roles with us. (Laughs) Each and every role is memorable and close to my heart but sometimes, I laugh on my own when I think of the various comic roles I enacted. In fact, these roles made my life very interesting and I am elated that I have been successful to make the best medicine – laughter for my fans. But some films that gave me a high were Do Madari, Valiati Babu, Jeeja Saali, Kunwara Mama and Jatti,” he had told Hindustan Times during one of the interviews.
Mittal was a role model for Punjabi actors and comedians. He had moved to Mount Abu after he took up meditation four years back.