FIVE DAYS after he met with an accident, Bengali actor Pijush Ganguly breathed his last in Kolkata on Sunday.
Ganguly (50), survived by his wife and a son, passed away around 2.45 am, following a multi-organ failure and fat embolism at Belle Vue Clinic.
His condition turned critical on Saturday and he was put under ventilation with full life support as his parameters had been fluctuating massively. His condition deteriorated so much that doctors had to cancel the second operation that was slated last afternoon. Following postmortem examination at Calcutta Medical College, the body was taken to the actor’s Behala residence around 12.30 pm. From there, it was taken to the Technician Studio at 2 pm. He was cremated at Keoratola crematorium in south Kolkata.
Ganguly and dancer Malabika Sen were injured when his MUV collided head-on with a bus at Santragachi in Howrah district on October 20 when they were returning to Kolkata after a show. Sen is now out of danger.
After the news of his death spread, along with members of the Bengali film industry, state Minister Arup Biswas and Mayor Sovan Chatterjee visited the hospital.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who had also paid a visit to inquire about his condition on the day Ganguly was admitted to the hospital, tweeted on Sunday: “Shocked and saddened that actor Pijush Ganguly died. He was close to us and very talented. My condolences to his family. RIP.”
State BJP president Rahul Sinha, in a statement, said: “May Ishwar bless his wife and son with enough strength to cope with this immense tragedy. Sri Pijush Ganguly will always be remembered through his lively onscreen performances. May Ishwar bless his soul with eternal peace.”
Ganguly started his career as a stage actor and later worked in television and films. He acted in acclaimed films like Gaynar Baksha by Aparna Sen, Laptop by Kaushik Ganguly, Byomkesh Bakshi by Anjan Dutta, Iti Srikanta by Anjan Das and Mahulbanir Sereng by Sekhar Das.
Music director Jeet Ganguly also expressed shock at the actor’s death. “Saddened and shocked to hear about the sad demise of #Pijush Ganguly. An extremely talented and fine actor, may his soul rest in peace,” he said in his Twitter handle.
Describing Ganguly as a simple person, director Atanu Ghosh said, “If he was not able to deliver the exact expression I wanted, he would remain dissatisfied throughout the day.” Ganguly worked in Ghosh’s acclaimed film Angshumaner Chhabi.
Actor Locket Chatterjee, who had worked with Ganguly in the film Dashami, said the film fraternity had hoped that he would be back in action. Chatterjee said she had gone to the hospital to visit him a few days ago and he was able to recognise her.
Governor Kesari Nath Tripathi expressed his condolences at Ganguly’s sudden demise. In his message, Tripathi described Ganguly as not only a fine actor, but also a good singer.
Stating the death of Ganguly as a “personal loss,” veteran actress Sabitri Chatterjee said: “He was a nice person, a good human being… I cannot believe that he has passed away at this young age… I feel like I have lost someone near and dear.”
Actor Paran Bandyopadhyay described Ganguly’s demise as an untimely loss. “I just cannot think that Pijush is no more. We used to meet almost everyday at shootings. He was a lively person, which is very rare these days. He has left us at a very young age,” he said. Actor Rituparna Sengupta said, “It’s shocking for me. We have lost a great human being. He was a good friend of mine. It’s such a big loss for us.”
(With PTI inputs)