Kolkata, Jan 17 (Calcutta Tube / IBNS): The Bengali film and theatre world lost one of its most accomplished actors on Monday as actor Gita Dey died at a private hospital after a cardiac arrest. She was 80.
Gita Dey acted in more than 200 films since her debut in 1937 as a child artiste in the Bengali film Ahutee directed by Dhiren Ganguly.
Dey, 80, had been admitted to a north Kolkata medical facility early last month due to old age problem.
She breathed her last at 00.20 hours and is survived by two sons and daughter.
Gita Dey had been nearly holed up in a shabby quarter at 5 Wards Institution Street (Manicktala) in north Kolkata.
She had been with Tollygunge film industry since 1938. Born in 1931, Gita Dey started her career as a child artiste since the age of six.
She acted in both the theatre and cinema right up to the age of 14. Her marriage at the age of 15 to Ashim Kumar Dey, a businessman at Taltala, stalled her acting career for a while. After five years of marital bliss, she returned to the world of show biz. She came in touch with the veteran of the Bengali stage Sisir Bhaduri. He took the young star under his fold.
The last play she acted in was Badsahi Chaal in 1996 directed by Ganesh Mukherjee staged at Ragana theatre in north Kolkata.
Gita Dey, specialised in character role, acted with all artistes and under acclaimed directors including Ritwick Ghatak, Debaki Kumar Bose and Satyajit Ray. A few years back, she also acted in the Hindi version of Parineeta starring Saif Ali Khan and Vidya Balan.
Some of her movies are Medhe Dhaka Tara, Saat Paakey Bandha, Nauka Dubi, Malyadaan, Abhaya Srikanto, Jaya, Nishipada, Dui Bhai, Ahoban, Barnochora, Pita Putro, and Mouchak.
Gita Dey had worked practically with most of the mainstream and off-beat directors of Bengal. Her long association with All India Radio (AIR) since 1954 came in the shape of her regular assignment as actress in radio plays with which she was involved until recently.
In a career spanning more than six decades, she has acted in 200 Bengali films and more than 2000 stage shows.
In 1988, she received from the then West Bengal Governor Narul Hasan, a star medal on behalf of the Calcutta University for her life time performances.
Among her recent Bengali feature films were Bhalobashar Chhoa directed by Subhash Sen.