Vinod Dua, Veteran Journalist And Father Of Actor Mallika Dua, Passes Away

Vinod Dua was in intensive care at a Delhi hospital in his final days, as per updates from his daughter Mallika who said he was "fighting." 

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Veteran journalist Vinod Dua passed away Saturday, his daughter and actor Mallika Dua shared on social media. He was 67. News of his death comes months following his wife Chinna Dua's, who succumbed to COVID-19 after a long battle earlier this year in June. Dua too had contracted the virus and his health was reported to have deteriorated.

"Our irreverent, fearless and extraordinary father, Vinod Dua has passed away. He lived an inimitable life, rising from the refugee colonies of Delhi to the peak of journalistic excellence for over 42 years, always, always speaking truth to power," Mallika wrote in a heartfelt note on Instagram.

"He is now with our mom, his beloved wife Chinna in heaven where they will continue to sing, cook, travel and drive each other up the wall," she added. Read SheThePeople's interview with Chinna Dua from this year.

He is survived by two daughters, Mallika and Bakul, a clinical psychologist.

In another social media post, Mallika wrote for her father, "There will never be another like you. My first and best friend. My Papaji. Very few live as large and glorious a life as you did... I wouldn’t trade my destiny for anything. It gave me Vinod and Chinna. Nobody gets double lucky." 

Vinod Dua Death: Journalist Goes "Fighting," Daughter Says

Dua was in intensive care at a Delhi hospital in his final days, as per updates from his daughter Mallika who said he was "fighting."


Last week, rumours of his demise began doing rounds and were rubbished by the Indoo Ki Jawani actor. "Let him have his dignity. Do not believe/spread misinformation, please. I will issue all official news and updates on him," she wrote. More here.

Tributes are pouring in for Dua, who was among India's top noted journalists with decades of career in television. His most prominent stints were with media channels Doordarshan, India Today, NDTV, Sahara TV and more recently, The Wire. He grew up in Delhi and graduated from Hans Raj College.

He was a Padma Shri awardee and markedly the first electronic media journalist to be honoured with the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Award in 1996.

Suggested Reading 

Interview: Remembering The Ultimate People’s Person Chinna Dua, In Her Words


You Fought Too Hard My Mama: Mallika Dua Mourns Mother Chinna Dua

Radiologist And Social Media Influencer Chinna Dua Passes Away Due to COVID

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