Tapas Paul (29 September 1958 – 18 February 2020) was an Indian actor and politician. One of the most celebrated actors of Bengali cinema, Paul is best known for his on-screen romantic collaboration with Mahua Roychoudhury and Debashree Roy. He received a Filmfare Award. He was a Member of Parliament from Krishnanagar having won in the 2014 Indian General Elections on a Trinamool Congress ticket.
Tapas Paul in 2019
|Died||18 February 2020 (aged 61)|
|Political party||All India Trinamool Congress|
|Member of Parliament|
|Preceded by||Jyotirmoyee Sikdar|
|Succeeded by||Mahua Moitra|
|MLA of West Bengal Legislative Assembly|
|Preceded by||Saugata Roy|
|Succeeded by||Firhad Hakim|
He shot to fame and popularity with his debut film Dadar Kirti (1980), a romantic drama by Tarun Majumdar, and sustained his fame with films like Saheb (1981), Parabat Priya (1984), Bhalobasa Bhalobasa (1985), Anurager Choyan (1986), Amar Bandhan (1986), Guru Dakshina (1987) to name few. He was awarded the Filmfare Award for his role in Saheb (1981). He made his Bollywood debut in Hiren Nag's Abodh (1984) opposite Madhuri Dixit. He collaborated with Tarun Majumdar for the second time in his romantic flick Bhalobasa Bhalobasa (1985) where he was paired with Debashree Roy. The film achieved a roaring success and established his pairing with Roy as the most bankable one of the nineteen eighties. His other major hits with Roy include Arpan (1987), Surer Sathi (1988), Surer Akashe (1988), Nayanmani (1989), Chokher Aloy (1989), Shubha Kamana (1991), Mayabini (1992), Tobu Mone Rekho (1994). He collaborated with Buddhadeb Dasgupta in Uttara (2000) and Mondo Meyer Upakhyan (2002). He was arrested by C.B.I for alleged link to Rose Valley chit fund scam in December 2016, and was given bail after 13 months. He died on Tuesday, the 18th of February 2020, at 3:35 AM IST, as he was suffering from cardiological disorders, which lastly led to a sudden cardiac arrest.
Paul's first movie appearance was in 1980, in the film Dadar Kirti, directed by Tarun Majumder. He was seated in a train compartment, when he caught attention of Shrinibas Chakraborty, the assistant director of Dadar Kirti (1980). He was then taken to Tarun Majumdar who was at that time looking for a new face for the role Kedar. The film became a huge success at box office. For his role as a naive Kedar, Paul received immense love and appreciation from his audience. Paul collaborated with Tarun Majumdar for the second time in his romantic flick Bhalobasa Bhalobasa (1985) where he was paired with Debashree Roy. The film achieved a roaring success and established his pairing with Roy as the most bankable one of the 1980s. His other major hits with Roy include Arpan (1987), Surer Sathi (1988), Surer Akashe (1988), Nayanmani (1989), Chokher Aloy (1989), Shubha Kamana (1991), Mayabini (1992), Tobu Mone Rekho (1994). He collaborated with Buddhadeb Dasgupta in Uttara (2000) and Mondo Meyer Upakhyan (2002).
On 31 December 2016, Paul was arrested for his alleged involvement in the Ponzi firm Rose Valley Group. He was released after serving a thirteen months sentence. Because of this his health got deteriorated which led to his untimely death.
On 11 January 2017, Bharatiya Janata Party MP Babul Supriyo filed a complaint against Paul along with AITC MP Saugata Roy and MLA Mahua Moitra for falsely accusing him of being involved in the Rose Valley scam.
He was a member of All India Trinamool Congress. He was an MLA from Alipore for two terms (2001–2006 & 2006–2009). He was the MP of Krishnanagar since 2009 to 2018. In one of his political campaign at Chowmaha village near Krishnanagar because of his provocative speeches he was condemned by many people of West Bengal.
|1980||Dadar Kirti||Tarun Majumdar||Mahua Roychoudhury, Debashree Roy, Sandhya Roy|
|1985||Baidurya Rahasya||Tapan Sinha||Moonmoon Sen|
|1992||Surer Bhubaney||Prabir Mitra||Indrani Dutta, Roopa Ganguly, Prosenjit Chatterjee|
|1993||Maya Mamata||Anjan Choudhury||Chumki Chowdhury|
|1990||Abishkar||Salil Dutta||Satabdi Roy|
|1984||Ajante||Arbinda Mukherjee||Moonmoon Sen|
|1985||Nishantey||Narayan Chakraborty||Debashree Roy|
|1983||Samapti||Bijoy Bos||Debashree Roy|
|1990||Rajnartaki||Narayan Chakraborty||Sudha Chandran|
|1994||Tumi Je Aamar||Inder Sen||Prosenjit Chatterjee, Satabdi Roy|
|1990||Garmil||Dilip Roy||Debashree Roy, Roopa Ganguly|
|1990||Anurag||Jawhar Biswas||Satabdi Roy|
|1989||Chhokher Aloy||Sachin Adhikari||Debashree Roy|
|1985||Nishantey||Narayan Chakraborty||Debashree Roy|
|1993||Rajar Meye Parul||Milan Chowdhury||Anju Ghosh|
|1987||Rudrabina||Pinaki Mukherjee||Ranjit Mallick|
|1988||Toofan||Biresh Chatterjee||Chiranjit, Abhishek Chatterjee, Roopa Ganguly|
|1989||Tumi Koto Sundar||Manoj Ghosh||Moonmoon Sen|
|1988||Antaranga||Dinen Gupta||Satabdi Roy|
|1981||Saheb||Bijoy Basu||Mahua Roychoudhury, Madhabi Mukherjee, Utpal Dutt|
|1991||Antarer Bhalobasa||Bimal Roy||Mandakini|
|1989||Asha||Anup Sengupta||Chiranjit, Debashree Roy|
|1984||Parabat Priya||Dipranjan Bose||Mahua Roychoudhury, Debashree Roy|
|1984||Abodh(Hindi)||Hiren Nag||Madhuri Dixit|
|1985||Baidurya Rahosya||Tapan Singha||Moonmoon Sen|
|1986||Anurager Chowa||Johor Biswas||Mahua Roychoudhury|
|1990||Anuraag||Jawhar Biswas||Satabdi Roy|
|1990||Mon Mayuree||Biresh Chatterjee||Mousumy Chatterjee|
|1986||Bhalobasha Bhalobasha||Tarun Majumdar||Debashree Roy|
|1986||Ashirbad||Biresh Chattopadhyay||Mahua Roychoudhury|
|1987||Guru Dakshina||Anjan Choudhury||Satabdi Roy|
|1987||Jar Je Priya||Salil Dutta||Aparna Sen|
|1987||Paap Punya||Rajat Das||Chiranjit, Indrani Dutta|
|1988||Agaman||Tarun Majumdar||Sandhya Roy, Debashree Roy|
|1988||Pratik||Prabhat Roy||Chiranjit, Soumitra Chatterjee, Raakhee, Roopa Ganguly|
|1989||Mangal Deep||Haranath Chakraborty||Satabdi Roy, Ranjit Mallick|
|1989||Angaar||Srinibas Chakraborty||Satabdi Roy|
|1990||Apan Amar Apan||Tarun Majumdar||Satabdi Roy|
|1988||Parashmani||Tarun Majumdar||Satabdi Roy, Sandhya Roy|
|1987||Surer Akashe||Biresh Chatterjee||Debashree Roy|
|1992||Mayabini (1992)||Tushar Majumdar||Debashree Roy|
|1993||Dan Protidan||Sukhen Das||Indrani Halder, Rachana Banerjee|
|1993||Atithi Shilpi||Kalidas Chakraborty||Ritu Das|
|1993||Amar Kahini||Indraneil Goswami||Ritu Das|
|1991||Nilimay Neel||Biresh Chatterjee||Indrani Halder|
|1991||Maan Maryada||Sukhen Das||Satabdi Roy|
|1991||Debar||Amal Roy Ghatak||Indrani Halder|
|1993||Duranta Prem||Prabhat Roy||Rachana Banerjee|
|1994||Boumoni||Partha Pratim Chowdhury||Soumitra Chatterjee, Madhabi Mukherjee|
|1995||Sangharsha||Haranath Chakraborty||Prosenjit Chatterjee, Ranjit Mallick, Chumki Chowdhury|
|1995||Lady Doctor||Bimal Dey||Laboni Sarkar, Abhishek Chatterjee|
|1995||Pratidhwani||Anup Sengupta||Moonmoon Sen, Abhishek Chatterjee, Satabdi Roy|
|1991||Pati Param Guru||Biresh Chatterjee||Indrani Dutta|
|1995||Antartama||Dinbondhu Ghosh||Indrani Halder, Ranjit Mallick|
|1995||Mejo Bou||Bablu Samaddar||Ranjit Mallick, Chumki Chowdhury|
|1996||Jamaibabu||Dulal Bhowmik||Shatabdi Roy, Subhendu Chatterjee|
|1999||Sundar Bou||Sujit Guha||Debashree Roy|
|2000||Rin Mukti||Dinen Guptaj||Jisshu Sengupta, Mousumi Chatterjee|
|2002||Mondo Meyer Upakhyan||Buddhadeb Dasgupta||Samata Das|
|2003||Mayer Anchal||Anup Sengupta||Prosenjit Chatterjee, Ranjit Mallick|
|2005||Sudhu Bhalobasha||Raj Mukherjee||Jisshu Sengupta, Rachana Banerjee, Samata Das|
|2006||Ghatak||Jeet, Koel Mallick, Rajatava Dutta|
|2006||Hero||Swapan Saha||Jeet, Koel Mallick|
|2006||Shikar||Saran Dutta||Koel Mallick, Amitabh Bhattacharjee, Rajesh Sharma|
|2007||I Love You||Ravi Kinagi||Dev & Payel Sarkar|
|2008||Mon Maane Na||Sujit Guha||Dev & Koyel Mullick|
|2010||Shedin Dekha Hoyechilo||Dev, Srabanti Chatterjee|
|2012||8:08 Er Bongaon Local||Debaditya||Swastika Mukherjee, Sonali Chowdhury, Anamika Saha|
|2012||Challenge 2||Raja Chanda||Dev, Pooja Bose|
|2012||Ullas (film)||Ishwar Chakraborty||Biplab Chatterjee, Soumitra Chatterjee|
|2013||Khoka 420||Rajiv Kumar Biswas||Dev, Subhashree Ganguly, Nusrat Jahan, Angelo Mathews||It was Paul's 5th and Last film with Dev|
|2013||Khiladi||Ashok Pati||Ankush Hazra, Nusrat Jahan|
|2020||Du Taka||Debaditya||Bengali short film produced by Satabdi Roy|||
- Kalakar Award Best Actor for Rupban in 1993
- Kalakar Award Best Actor for Mejo Bou in 1996
- Kalakar Award Best Actor for Mama Bhagne in 2001
- Kalakar Award Best Actor [Television] for Nayak in 2003
- Kalakar Award Best Actor for Pratishodh in 2005
- Filmfare Awards East Best Actor for Saheb in 1981
- Bharat Nirman Awards in 2012 
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