Veteran Odia Actor and Padma Shri Honoree Sadhu Meher Dies

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A Profound Loss in Indian Cinema: Tribute to Sadhu Meher

The film sectors of both Odia and Hindi mourn the passing of their renowned icon, Sadhu Meher, in Mumbai. Known for his unique style in the realms of acting and direction, Meher’s work in the film industry spanned several decades, leaving an indelible mark on the face of Indian cinema.

Rise to Stardom: A Journey from Humble Roots

Meher’s entry into acting began with Hindi movies, making his debut in the film Bhuvan Shome in 1969, a masterpiece directed by the reputable Mrinal Sen. However, it was his superb performance in the 1974 film Ankur that projected him into national celebrity status, rewarding him with the prominent National Film Award for Best Actor.

An Illustrious Career Spanning Film Industries

With his capability to effortlessly straddle the boundaries of both the Hindi and Odia film industries, Meher emerged to be a well-known and admired figure in each. His impressive filmography includes notable movies like Nishant, Manthan, Bali Ghara, Inkaar, Saphed Hati, and Mrugaya. His notable roles in the Odia movies, specifically in Sita Rati and Jai Jagannath, were incredibly memorable. His skills as an actor were also rendered in the Sambalpuri film Bhukha.

Taste of Direction: Meher Behind the Camera

Always eager to explore his creative potential, Meher ventured into the world of directing, marking his directorial debut with the movie Abhiman, where he also played a significant role. Several other films show his skills as a director, which emphasized his diverse talents.

Recognizing his significant input and influence in the film sector, in 2017, he was bestowed with one of India’s highest honors, the esteemed Padma Shri award.


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