Filmmaker Pradeep Sarkar (68) is no more. He breathed his last at 3.30 am on March 24. Sarkar had directed ‘Parineeta’, ‘Laga Chunari Mein Daag’, ‘Mardaani’ and ‘Helicopter Eela’. He was on dialysis and his potassium levels had dropped drastically. He passed away in a hospital, where he was rushed after his condition deteriorated at 2 30 am.
Funeral arrangements have been made Mumbai’s Santacruz crematorium today. Sarkar’s film industry colleagues have received the message of his passing and have woken up to a sad morning, shell shocked at the untimely demise of the filmmaker.
Actress Neetu Chandra confirmed Sarkar’s demise. She revealed that he was her first director, they first worked together in an advertisement for a TV channel while she was still in college. Neetu was very close to Sarkar and his sister Madhu, who also cast her in a commercial for a footwear brand. Neetu received a text informing her of Sarkar’s passing this morning.
Pradeep Sarkar started his career as a filmmaker with brand commercials. He also directed several popular music videos before making a debut as a feature film director with ‘Parineeta’ in 2005.