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Veteran Bengali actor Chinmoy Roy passed away at the age of 79, family members said today (Monday, March 18). Roy died of cardiac arrest at his Salt Lake residence in Kolkata at around 10:00 pm yesterday, they added.

Roy breathed his last leaving behind his son and daughter, his wife actress Jui Banerjee had died few years back.

Roy was born in Kumilla district (presently in Bangladesh) in 1940. He had started his career in Bengali films in the 60s and became indispensable to the film makers for his portrayal of comic characters retaining the very essence of Bengaliness and a certain culture.

He was equally noticed along with big names like Soumitra Chatterjee and Rabi Ghosh in a classic comedy like Basanta Bilap or in Dhonni Meye.

Roy had been cast by Satyajit Ray in a small role in children’s fantasy Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne.

He immortalized the character of Tenyda in the film Charmurti which became a major hit in the 1980s.

(With PTI Inputs)

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