End Of An Era For Ollywood, Gobind Tej Passes Away

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Odia film fraternity lost one of its custodians today with the death of veteran actor and director Gobind Tej at the age of 88. He was undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Bhubaneswar.
Gobind Tej who entered into Odia film industry in 1954 with a small role in the movie Kedar Gouri went on to become a well know actor, director and producer in his active film career spanning over five decades.
Gobind Tej has offered some of the highly acclaimed classics of Odia film industry like Maa, Gouri, Naga Phasa, Ramayana, Bandhana, Dharitri, Bandhu Mohanty, Krushna Sudama and School Master.
Gobind Tej turned film producer in the mid-1970s with the film Krushna Sudama under his banner New life production.
He received Best Actor award conferred by the Odisha government for Nitai Palit directed Bandhu Mohanty in 1977. He was also conferred with Best Director award many times for his movies like Kaberi, Tunda Baida, Gare Sindura Dhare Luha and School Master.

Govind Tej in Bandhu Mohanty (1977)

Gobind Tej was awarded Jayadev Award, the highest film award conferred by the government of Odisha, in 1986 for his lifetime contribution to Odia film industry in various capacities as an actor, director and producer.
Presently where the Odia film industry is marred with criticism for lack of original scripts, Gobind Tej was known for turning Odia novels into highly acclaimed films. His three films based on popular Odia novels of same name Kaberi, Dharitri and Tunda Baida are considered as classics in Odia film arena.  
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