Legendary Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee died at the age of 85 on Sunday in a Kolkata-based hospital. The iconic actor was admitted to the hospital after testing positive for COVID-19 on October 6.
Soumitra Chatterjee was born on January 19, 1935, in a Bengali family in Kolkata. Ahindra Choudhury taught him basics of acting .The actor debuted with Satyajit Ray’s Apur Sansar in 1959. However, he was initially rejected for the role.
He had won three National Film Awards, the legend was a recipient of the Padma Bhushan, Dadasaheb Phalke Award, Sangeet Natak Akademi Award.
He was also known for his work with noted filmmaker Satyajit Ray. Satyajit and Soumitra had worked on 14 films with the likes of Abhijan, Charulata, Kapurush, Aranyer Din Ratri, Ashani Sanket, Sonar Kella and Joi Baba Felunath.
Chatterjee also had successful worked with Bengali directors like Mrinal Sen and Tapan Sinha. Sen’s Akash Kusum (1965) and Sinha’s Jhinder Bandi (1961) got Chatterjee equal laurels.
Later, the Soumitra had teamed up with many contemporary filmmakers like Goutam Ghose, Aparna Sen, Anjan Das and late Rituparno Ghosh among others.
Today, after the legendary actor passed away, celebrities like Anupam Kher, Shabana Azmi, Mohanlal and others have mourned his demise.
Anupam Kher tweeted, “Deeply saddened to know about the demise of legendary actor and one of my favourite #SoumitraChatterjee. I Learnt so much from his amazingly rich talent and craft. Om Shanti!”
South actor Mohanlal took to his Twitter handle and wrote, “A great loss to the world of cinema. Pranam
Shabana Azmi tweeted, “Farewell Soumitra Da. I had the honour of playing your wife in La Nuit Bengali n your daughter in 15 Park Avenue. I was with you in Paris and saw the adulation you received at George Pompidou Centre but you were so nonchalant about it that it left me deeply impressed.
Soha Ali Khan shared a picture of Soumitra Chatterjee and her mother, actress Sharmila Tagore on her Instagram story and wrote, “We will miss you.”