Bhubaneswar, Feb 13: Renowned Odia film actor Chakradhar Jena breathed his last while undergoing treatment at AIIMS Bhubaneswar at the age of 95. A pall of gloom descended on the Ollywood fraternity after the demise of Jena.
Graduated from the National School of Drama in 1998, Jena embarked his remarkable journey spanning over 19 years in the film industry. He was a prominent figure in Ollywood, celebrated for his exceptional acting prowess and profound impact on the Odia film landscape.
With a collection of over 100 films, Jena left an enduring impression on cinema enthusiasts. His cinematic journey commenced with 'Pathara Khasuchi Bada Deulu', and he continued to enchant audiences with memorable performances in films like 'Ranabhumi', 'Arjun', 'Maya', 'Rangila Baba', 'Om Namah Shivaay', 'Kathantara', and 'Tu Mo Akhira Tara'.
Jena's talent transcended regional boundaries, as evidenced by his appearances in Hollywood productions such as 'City of Joy' and 'Electric Moon'. His remarkable portrayals garnered widespread acclaim and adulation in the entertainment industry.
Acknowledging his dedication and pursuit of excellence, Jena was honored as the first actor from Odisha to receive the Kala Ratna award from the Italian government. Throughout his illustrious career, he was bestowed with numerous awards and accolades for his invaluable contributions to the Odia film fraternity.
The passing of Chakradhar Jena signifies the end of an era in the Odia film industry. His legacy will serve as a beacon of inspiration for aspiring actors and filmmakers for generations to come. As we bid farewell to this revered artist, we are reminded of the words of the legendary Bette Davis: "Old age is no place for sissies." Chakradhar Jena, a true icon, has left an indelible mark on the world of cinema, and his legacy will endure through time.