With great sadness, I want to inform you that Utkal who has been quite active on this blog passed away.
I for once thought him as a guy in early twenties because of his energy and enthusiasm.
May his soul rest in peace!
“Not fair, Utkal Ranjan Mohanty. You had promised we will resume our arguments on music, cinema, poetry, theatre and politics once you are back.
You had promised I would get a chance to defend myself against your scathing criticism and gloat in your unbridled praise of my films. You had promised we would discover new eateries in Bangalore and relive the Yellow Submarine days when I would come down.
But then, probably it is better this way. It is better that one of the most articulate, knowledgable, lovable and fearless minds of incredible clarity and vision that could exist didn’t have to see prolonged days of incoherence, vacuousness and desperate pain.
Damn you, Cancer.”
Some of his reviews and notes:
Utkal on Rajesh Khanna
The incomparable Amitabh – My diary of a passionate engagement over two decades (Utkal)