Hara Patanaik (12 October 1958 – 13 January 2015) was an Oriya film actor, director and screenplay writer. He has acted over 60 Oriya movies and directed about 19 others. Patnaik was instrumental in introducing other actors including Anubhav Mohanty, Sabyasachi Mishra and Babushaan.
Patnaik, who has ruled the hearts of legions of cine lovers in Odisha for decades, was suffering from blood cancer since 2008. He had earlier been treated at Christian Medical College, Vellore.
He was admitted to Sparsh Hospital here and Dr Ghanshyam Biswas, who treated him, said the actor’s blood group (B negative) was rare and needed frequent infusion of blood platelets for the past one and half years. He died on 13 January 2015 in a battle with cancer.