Veteran Punjabi actor Mehar Mittal, who acquired legendary status with his comic roles, passed away at a hospital in Mount Abu, Rajasthan, on Saturday after prolonged illness. He was to turn 81 on October 24.
Born at Chughe Khurd village in Bathinda in 1935, Mittal was a staple for Punjabi movies for decades. He worked in more than 100 movies and ruled the screen for over three decades when almost every Punjabi movie featured him.
He did his matriculation from Bathinda. After completing his LLB from Panjab University in 1964, he practised law for around eight years in Chandigarh. He acted in Ramlilas and plays before moving into Punjabi movies.
He was honoured with Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Award among other honours. His debut movie was ‘Maa Da Ladla’ in 1969 after which he also featured in ‘Sacha Mera Roop Hai’, ‘Qurbani Jatt Di’, ‘Chann Pardesi’, ‘Santo Banto’, ‘Sawa Lakh Se Ek Ladaun’, ‘Putt Jattan De’ and ‘Babul Da Vehra’ to name a few.
In his later life, the actor chose to follow the spiritual path. Mittal joined the Brahma Kumaris movement around 10 years ago and had settled down at Mount Abu, the movement’s headquarters.
Here’s how the whole Punjabi film industry mourned the loss of Mittal ji:
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