Veteran Odia actor Raimohan Parida was found dead at his home on Friday, June 24. Popular for playing negative roles in Odia and Bengali films, the actor was also a theater artist. He was 58 at the time of his death. Read also| Malayalam singer Edava Basheer collapses on stage during live performance, dies
Raimohan’s body was found Friday morning by his family in his room in the Prachi Vihar area of Bhubaneswar. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.
According to a report in PTI, his death appears to be a suicide case. However, the police have launched an investigation into it. A police officer said the body will be sent for an autopsy.
Meanwhile, friends and actors have visited his residence to pay their respects. His neighbors said they met him a day before his death and found that he was his usual self, noting that he had a good relationship with everyone.
Actor Siddhanta Mahapatra, who collaborated with Raimohan in several films, remembered him as a “joyful” person. He said: “It’s hard to believe that such a cheerful person, who has gone through several ups and downs in his life, can come up with something like this. He was very successful in the profession.” Actor Sritam Das said it was unbelievable that Raimohan, who had become a “hero from scratch”, was able to commit suicide.
Raimohan had acted in more than 100 Odia movies and 15 Bengali movies in his career and was also a popular figure in the world of Odia Jatra (local theater). He was part of several super hit movies like Rama Laxman, Aasibu Kebe Saji Mo Rani, Naga Panchami, Udandi Sita, Tu Thile Mo Dara Kahaku, Rana Bhumi, Singha Bahini, Kulanandan and Kandhei Aakhire Luha. He was a recipient of the Odisha State Film Award and an Abhinandia Puraskar.