Neil Nitin Mukesh, Ajay Devgn, Tahir Raj Bhasin
Neil Nitin Mukesh, Ajay Devgn, Tahir Raj Bhasin Image Credit: IANS, Gulf News Archive

Director Pradeep Sarkar, known for the Bollywood hit films ‘Parineeta’, ‘Mardaani’, the web series ‘Duranga’ among others, died at a Mumbai hospital at the age of 67 today.

He was on dialysis and his potassium levels dropped drastically. As his condition deteriorated, he was rushed to a hospital at 3am, where he died 30 minutes later.

Members of the film fraternity expressed their grief and shared condolences.

Taking to Twitter, actor Ajay Devgn wrote: “The news of Pradeep Sarkar’s demise, ‘Dada’ to some of us, is still hard to digest. My deepest condolences. My prayers are with the departed and his family. RIP Dada.”

Actor Neil Nitin Mukesh, who worked with the director in ‘Lafangey Parindey’, shared pictures of him with Pradeep on Twitter. He said, “DADA!!! Why??? I’ll miss you. Will always remember you as that child-hearted, full of life man who taught me so much. Your creation ‘Lafangey Parindey’ will always remain close to my heart. My prayers with the family.”

Actor Tahir Raj Bhasin, who played the antagonist in Sarkar’s ‘Mardaani’, said in a statement: ‘Woke up to the extremely sad news of passing away of Pradeep Dada. I will always remember him with eternal gratitude as the man who trusted me with ‘Mardaani’. He was a maestro whose experience and guidance gave me the confidence to act to my fullest potential in my debut film. He mentored and then gave me space to create a part and in this trust lay his genius. I remember being extremely nervous on day one of shoot.”

Bhasin mentioned: “It was a production heavy day, we were holding up traffic and there were a 100 junior artists on set. An intimidating environment for a first timer. After my first take I waited with bated breath as he watched the monitor. After what seemed like an eternity, he yelled out for the entire set to hear, ‘that was great!’. Just that validation from your first director still rings in my ears when I walk on to a set to this day. He was a visionary par excllence, ahead of his time. He lives on in the films he created. May he rest in peace.”

‘The Lunchbox’ actress Nimrat Kaur also shared a picture of Sarkar and tweeted: “Had the great pleasure of being on his set a few times in my modeling days. His hearty laughter and relentless perfectionism will forever be etched in my heart. Deepest condolences to his loved ones. Rest on Dada, the heavens above are a happier place. #RIPPradeepSarkar.”