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Veteran actor Soumitra Chatterjee no more


After being hospitalised for over a month, veteran actor Soumitra Chatterjee on Sunday breathed his last at a private hospital in Kolkata. He was 85 years old.

Notably, Soumitra Chatterjee, who is a recipient of several national and international awards including the Padma Bhushan, had tested positive for COVID-19 on October 6.

Upon treatment, he eventually tested negative and was shifted to a non-COVID Intensive Trauma Unit. Since then, he was availing treatment for infections aggravated by COVID-19. In the last few days, his condition was extremely critical and he was put on ventilator support.

An official statement issued by the hospital read: “We declare with a heavy heart that Shri Soumitra Chattopadhyay breathed his last at 12-15 pm at Belle Vue Clinic today (15 November 2020). We pay our homage to his soul.”

Soumitra Chatterjee’s works

Starting with his debut film, Apur Sansar as adult Apu, the third part of Apu Trilogy, he went on to work in several notable films with Satyajit Ray, including Abhijan 1962; Charulata, 1964, as Amal; Aranyer Din Ratri, 1969; Ashani Sanket, 1973; Sonar Kella, 1974 and Joi Baba Felunath, 1978, as Feluda; Hirak Rajar Deshe 1980, Ghare Baire, 1984, as Sandeep, Shakha Proshakha, 1990; and Ganashatru, 1989.

Meanwhile, he also worked with other noted directors of Bengali cinema, with Mrinal Sen in Akash Kusum, 1965; Tapan Sinha in Kshudhita Pashan, 1960; Jhinder Bandi, 1961; Atonko, 1984; Asit Sen in Swaralipi, 1961; Ajoy Kar in Otol Joler Ahoban, 1962; Saat Pake Bandha, 1963; Parineeta, 1969; and Tarun Mazumdar in Sansar Simante, 1975; Ganadevata, 1978; Poth o Prasad; and Agomon(1988).

He acted in more than 210 films in his career till 2016. He also received critical favour for his directorial venture Stree Ki Patra, 1986, which is based on Streer Patra, a Bengali short story written by Tagore.

Soumitra Chatterjee’s awards

In 2012, he received the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, India’s highest award in cinema given by the government of India for lifetime achievement.

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 He has won two National Film Awards as an actor, and as an actor in Bengali theatre, he received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1998, given by the Sangeet Natak Akademi, India’s National Academy of Music, Dance and Drama.

In 2013, a news channel named him as one of “The men who changed the face of the Indian Cinema”. In 2014, he received the introductory Filmfare Awards East for Best Male Actor (Critics) for his role in Rupkatha Noy. He won 7 Filmfare Awards.

In 2006, he won the National Film Award for Best Actor for the film Podokkhep. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan by the Government of India in 2004.

PM Modi, Amit Shah, Mamata Banerjee condoles death of Soumitra Chatterjee

PM Modi took to Twitter to condole the death of Soumitra Chatterjee. He said: “Shri Soumitra Chatterjee’s death is a colossal loss to the world of cinema, cultural life of West Bengal and India. Through his works, he came to embody Bengali sensibilities, emotions and ethos. Anguished by his demise. Condolences to his family and admirers. Om Shanti.”

Union home minister Amit Shah said: “Deeply pained to learn about the demise of legendary Soumitra Chatterjee ji. An iconic actor, who took Bengali cinema to new heights. In Soumitra Da, Indian silver screen has lost a gem. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and countless followers. Om Shanti Shanti Shanti.”

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee posted a series of tweets to condole the death of Soumitra Chatterjee. She said: “Feluda’ is no more.  ‘Apu’ said goodbye. Farewell, Soumitra (Da) Chatterjee. He has been a legend in his lifetime. International, Indian and Bengali cinema has lost a giant. We will miss him dearly. The film world in Bengal has been orphaned.”

In another tweet, she wrote: “Best known for his films with Satyajit Ray, Soumitra Da was conferred with Legion of Honor, Dadasaheb Phalke Award, Banga Bibhushan, Padma Bhushan & several National Awards. A great loss. Saddened. Condolences to his family, the film fraternity & his admirers across the world.”


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