June 10, 2023

Pradeep Sarkar, the director of films like ‘Parineeta’, ‘Mardaani’ and ‘Helicopter Eela’, has passed away. He was 68.
News of the director’s demise broke this morning. It was reported that he passed away at a city hospital at around 3.30 am. Following the news break, fellow B-town director Hansal Mehta tweeted, “Pradeep Sarkar. Dada. RIP.”

The news came as a shock to Ajay Devgn, who also took to his handle to offer his condolences to the director’s family in a post that read, “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.”

Sharing Hansal’s tweet, actor Manoj Bajpayee wrote, “Ohh! That’s so shocking! Rest in peace Dada!! (folded hands emoji).”

Several other members of the film industry took to social media to share their shock and grieve the director’s sudden passing.

ETimes has learnt that funeral arrangements have already been made at a crematorium in Santacruz for 4 pm today.

According to reports, the filmmaker was working on a biopic on actress Priya Rajvansh. When ETimes contacted Sarkar confirmed the same and added, “We are working on the subject and the research is going on. As soon as everything is in place, will start the film.”

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