Veteran Odia actor Mihir Das passed away this Friday morning at his residence. He was suffering from cancer of the throat for some time. His last rites would be performed this evening at Swargadwar, Cuttack after paying tributes to him at Nandankanan.
Mihir Das was born on July 5, 1937 at Dhenkanal (Orissa). His father’s name is Late Jogeswar Das and his mother’s name is Late Shantidevi Das. Mihir Das has one brother and two sisters who are settled in Orissa.
Mihir Das was a versatile actor, known for his natural acting style. Mihir’s father Late Jogeswar Das was also a popular person in Orissa. Mihir Das started his career as a theatre artist. He acted in several dramas, including the famous drama “Anargha Nimantran” which was first performed at Nandankanan Natya Mandap. Mihir’s first directorial venture was “Sri Ram Chandra Katha”. Mihir Das has written several articles on theatre and films. He started writing his first article in “Saptahik Hind” which was published at Sambalpur (Orissa).
Mihir Das worked as a sales representative and labor after his studies, but he always wanted to be an actor. So Mihir returned to Cuttack and joined the Utkal Sangeet Natak Academy.
Mihir Das was very sincere about his work, irrespective of any remuneration. He never compromised with his job. Mihir also had good business acumen, which enabled him to construct a house at Bhubaneswar even without any bank loan and other financial help.
Mihir did the role of Odia Film Industry’s first Super Star Jitendra (Jitu) in his play “Bibhrat Ek Aakanksha”, which was written by Sadasiv Dash. After that, he got an offer for Jitendra’s role in Ollywood’s film “Santan” (1976), which was directed by Prashant Nanda.
A son of veteran actor Mihir Das, Robin Das has also made his foray into Ollywood industry with the film “Jaga Hatare Pagha”. This is the third debut for Robin after television and radio medium.”
It’s too early to say about the future of Robin as an actor. I would like to wish him luck. He has just commenced his journey, so let’s see how far he goes,” said Mihir Das on Friday while talking on the phone from Nandankanan where he is staying at present for treatment of cancer. Mihir Das had no plan to start career from the small screen. He was sincere towards films and that had made him a successful actor.