Friday, 05 March, 2021


Soumitra Chatterjee, Indian acting legend, dies from Covid complications

Soumitra Chatterjee Soumitra Chatterjee passes away after over a month in hospital
Hannah Rogers | 15 November, 2020, 19:25

Soumitra Chatterjee was taken to Kolkata's Belle Vue Clinic hospital on October 6, a day after he tested positive for the coronavirus His condition at the time was described as stable, reports NDTV.

Chief minister Mamata Banerjee, who reached the hospital after the news broke, said the actor would be accorded a state funeral at the Keoratala Mahasashan in the evening.

Born in Calcutta (now Kolkata) in 1935, Chatterjee, spent his early years in Krishnanagar in Nadia district where he completed his schooling.

An official statement confirming Chatterjee's demise said, "We declare with heavy heart that Shri Soumitra Chattopadhyay breathed his last at 12-15 pm at Belle Vue Clinic today (15 November 2020)".

Chatterjee's body will be kept at Rabindra Sadan in the afternoon to enable his fans and admirers to pay their last respects.

He made his debut in Satyajit Ray's 1959 film Apur Sansar, part of the acclaimed Pather Panchali trilogy.

Among his ex-colleagues, friends, and collaborators who shared tributes on Twitter were actor Rahul Bose, filmmaker-archivist Shivendra Singh Dungarpur, and Srijit Mukherji, who directed him in the 2012 film Hemlock Society. The thespian is survived by wife, a son and a daughter. The duo later collaborated for iconic projects such as "Charulata", "Devi", "Teen Kanya" among others.

Soumitra Chatterjee became synonymous with the detective character "Feluda" created by Satyajit Ray.

Chatterjee was an exponent in reciting poems by Bengali bard Rabindranath Tagore.

His last big screen outing was 2019's Sanjhbati. He was also an accomplished playwright and a poet.

He was well known for his collaborations with the great Satyajit Ray and he was also a proud recipient of the prestigious Padma Bhushan and Dadasaheb Phalke Award.

He was the victor of three National Awards for his performances in the films Antardhan, Dekha, and Padokkhep. He was also the first Indian film personality conferred with France's highest award for artists - the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

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