Remembering Pradeep Sarkar Through His Iconic Characters

Pradeep Sarkar has died aged 67. The ace Bollywood film director was the man behind productions such as Parineeta, Maeri, Mardaani, Helicopter Eela, Lafagey Parindey, Duranga and more. Read on as we pay tribute to him through his iconic work.

Shreya Choudhuri

Director Pradeep Sarkar passed away at the age of 67. Dada which is a fond term rooted in the Bengali language was what he was referred to as by his industry friends and colleagues. He was a powerhouse filmmaker who wasn’t just a director but was a multifaceted talent in the world of cinema who easily took on the roles of a writer, producer and director across genres and productions including advertisements, movies, music videos, OTT shows, web series and much more during a career that spanned across decades. Sarkar was an established name in the world of ad-film making when he made his way into the world of Indian cinema with Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s production, Parineeta in the year 2005. The movie saw an enormous applause and acclaim from the critics and movie goers alike. Following which, there was no stopping him and he went on to give us some iconic characters through his contribution in the world of Bollywood movies.

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Let us now take you down memory lane to have a look at the storyteller and filmmaker’s most iconic work. That way we will all have a cherished memory of him through his work which we hope will live on for generations to come.

Parineeta (Film)

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Parineeta gave the Indian audience and Bollywood a lot of gifts, first among which was of course the talent and gem of an actor that Vidya Balan is. She made her debut with this Parineeta playing the protagonist. The second was a director such as Pradeep Sarkar who made his debut as a director with the feature film. The movie is essentially based on a gem of a novel in Bengali literature that goes by the same name. It was a feminist piece in its own right as it details the life and trials of a woman, Parineeta within the ambit of a layered drama. Originally penned by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay in 1914 the work has attained much acclaim and is the gold standard in the world of Indian literature.

Piya Basanti Re (Music Video)

Piya Basanti Re was another gem that stemmed from the work of the genius, Pradeep Sarkar in the year 2001. The melodious indie pop song was given voice by the legendary Ustad Sultan Khan and K.S. Chitra and featured actor Nauheed Cyrusi in a titular role.

Laaga Chunari Mein Daag (Film)

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Pradeep Sarkar delivered yet another feminist work that relayed the story of two sisters hailing from a small town played by Rani Mukerji and Konkona Sen Sharma and their journey of foraying into a city to earn an honest livelihood. The story takes us through their tale and how their dreams befaced them with a reality they wouldn’t have imagined in their wildest dreams.

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Apart from these works Sarkar was the powerhouse behind an unending list of ad-fims, music videos such as Shubh Mudgal’s Ab Ke Saawan, Palash Sen’s Maeri. He also helmed movies such as Kajol starrer Helicopter Eela, Rani Mukerji starrer Mardaani and his latest work was the 2022 TV series, Duranga which was aired on Zee5. The artist might have left us, but we think a part of him will live on in the hearts of the billions of Indians who will continue to be admirers of his work.

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Celebrities At His Funeral

Several members of the Indian film industry showed up to pay their last respects to the filmmaker and extend condolences to the grieving family. Celebrities such as Deepika Padukone, Vidya Balan and husband Sidharth Roy Kapur, Rani Mukerji, Dia Mirza, Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Rhea Chakraborty, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Gajraj Rao, Tahir Raj Bhasin and Sakshi Tanwar were in attendance at the crematorium in Mumbai where the late director’s last rites took place.

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