Guwahati: Veretan actor Soumitra Chatterjee passed away in a Kolkata hospital on Sunday. He was 85.
Chatterjee was admitted to the Belle Vue hospital after he tested positive for COVID-19 on October 6. The actor is survived by his two children.
Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal expressed his grief on the demise of the legendary actor. Taking to Twitter, he wrote: “In the career span of 6 decades, #SoumitraChatterjee has enthralled audiences with his phenomenal acting. His contribution as ‘Feluda’ and ‘Apu’ will always be remembered. My deepest condolences on the demise of the legendary actor.”
The legendary actor was a recipient of the prestigious Padma Bhusan, Dadasaheb Phalke award, Sangeet Natak Akademi award, besides winning three national Film awards.
Soumitra Chatterjee has worked over 200 films and worked in several plays and television shows. He was awarded with the Dadasaheb Phalke award at the 59th National Film Awards and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1988.
He won national awards for films such as Antardhan, Dekha and Poddokhep.
Born on January 19, 1935, Chatterjee was an active in Kolkata-based Bengali theatre as well. As a writer, he even published 12 books.
He is known for his collaboration with Oscar-winner Satyajit Ray and the Feluda series. Chatterjee was also a part of several other works of Satyajit Ray and started his career with Ray’s Apu’r Sangshar.
The French Government had also honored him with Ordre des arts et des Lettres and Legion of Honor.
Sanjhbati being his last film, some of Chatterjee’s best works include Ashani sanket, Ghare Baire, Aranyer Din, Ratri, Charulata, shakha Prosakha, Jinder Bandi, Saat pake Bandha and many others.