Kunal Padhy – An Actor of Great Caliber, Diligence and Versatility is No More; Sholoana Bangaliana Tribute

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Renowned Tollywood actor and Theater activist Mr. Kunal Padhy began his journey in Theatre during his High School days and since then, under the guidance of Late. Shyamanand Jalan, had been involved in many theatre projects. Over the years he had developed his own distinctive style, which was evident in his very popular play, Thaneer Thaneer. Kunal Padhy was the resident director of Padatik Theatre and also had acted in few popular television serials and Tollywood movies.

Kunal Padhy’s previous directional ventures have been The Elephant Man, Gali Chahat Wali based on Tennessee William’s A Street Car Named Desire, Yeh Zindagi Akhir Kiski? Inspired by Brian Clark’s Whose Life is it Anyway; Shakespeare’s A Mid Summer Night’s Dream, Mahesh Elkunchwar’s Wada Chirebandi, Komal Swaminathan’s Thaneer Thaneer, Sai Paranjpye’s comic play Late Lateef and recently Rabindranath Tagore’s Kshudito Pashan. Kshudito Pashan was the play, which initiated his acting career in 1986. During that point of time, the play had been developed to celebrate the 125th Birth Anniversary of Kobiguru Rabindranath Tagore and had been staged at various national level drama festivals. Kunal used to play the character of ‘Bonamali’ then while in the latest adaptation he played the protagonist.

As an actor Kunal Padhy had acted in famous stage productions like Baarishwala, Raja Lear, Ek Anarchist Ki Ittefaquia Maut, Godot KaIntezaar Karte Huye…, AndharYatra, Khamosh Adalat Jaari Hai, Lahron Ke Rajhans and Kshudito Pashan. He was also involved in Bengali Theatre in Kolkata and had worked with Kaushik Sen in productions viz., Kolkatar Elektra, Somudrer Mouno, Daak Ghar. He had also acted in the recent Anjan Dutt Production ‘Galileo’ alongside the director Anjan Dutt himself. Kunal had also acted in many Bengali films, like Anjan Dutt’s Bow Barrack’s Forever and Abaar Byomkesh, Aniruddha Roychoudhury’s Anuranan & Antaheen, Ichhey to name a few. He is also a popular face in various Bengali Television Serials, noteworthy being Bou Kotha Kow, Akhaney Aakash Neel & Care Kori Na for Star-Jalsha and Subarnalata for Zee TV, amongst others. He was a popular figure in both forms of Tollywood movies – the mainstream and the new-age. Kunal acted in Dev’s Khoka 420 and at the same time also has acted in Moinak Bhoumick’s ‘Maachh Mishti & More and Director Aniruddha Roychowdhury’s ‘Anuranan’ or ‘Antoheen’.

Kunal Padhy in Abar Bomkesh

Political Journalist turned Film Director Aniket Chattopadhyaya’s debut Bengali feature film  “Chaw e Chhuti” happened to be Kunal Padhy’s prompt ‘claim to fame’ and thereafter he was flooded with Tollywood offers but never did he typecast himself in any particular genre of characters. He was equally fluent as a loving, strict father and an antagonist. His comic timing had also been applauded by the audience time and again 0. Kunal Padhy had his own business related to Travel & Tourism but never ever did he mix his business with his passion. He never tried to influence the directors or the producers to book the air tickets from his company, when the production unit used to travel overseas for a recce or a shoot. After Chaw e Chhuti Kunal Padhy did a national commercial for Vodafone that fetched him a National recognition, which influenced Director Sujoy Ghosh to cast him for a cameo in his Bollywood Hindi film ‘Kahani’, which featured actors like Vidya Balan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Parambrata Chattopadhyay. In television, he was also working in popular television serials like ‘Ishti Kutum’ etc.

Kunal Padhy

Kunal Padhy was also a self trained Musician (Drummer & Percussionist) and had collaborated with many musicians in various fusion concerts. He had also composed the background scores for many Theatre and Dance Productions.

Kunal Padhy suffered a massive cardiac arrest that happened all of a sudden, on the night of January 4,2014 and within five minutes he left this mortal world.  The Bengali film and Theatre world is going to dearly miss Mr. Kunal Padhy dearly as not always such disciplined and versatile actors make it really big in Tollywood and Hindi Theatre in Kolkata.

 

Filmography

2013 – Khoka 420

2013 – Ekti Rahasya Galpo

2013 – Maach Mishti & More

2012 – Abar Byomkesh

2012 – Kahaani

2011 – Icche

2011 – Bye Bye Bangkok

2010 – Iti ‘Mrinalini’: An Unfinished Letter…

2010 – Memories in March

2010 – Antim Swash Sundar

2009 – Chha-e Chhuti

2009 – The Endless Wait

2008 – Aaynate

2006 – Anuranan

2004 – Bow Barracks Forever


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…. Special Tribute by Team Sholoana Bangaliana

 

 

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