Leaving the Bengali and Indian film industry heartbroken, legendary thespian Soumitra Chatterjee (85) breathed his last at 12:15 pm Bellevue Hospital in Kolkata. Fondly known as Soumitra da, Soumitra Chatterjee was admitted to hospital on October 6 after being diagnosed with COVID-19. He later tested negative for the virus, but his condition worsened due to other complications.
Soumitra made a landmark debut by playing Apu in Satyajit Ray’s iconic film, Apur Sansar, of the Apu Trilogy. In a career spanning over 6 decades, Soumitra da acted in over 200 films along with doing TV shows and stage plays. His long-time collaboration with Satyajit Ray gave Indian Cinema several classics such as Charulata, Sonar Kella, Aranyer Din Ratri, Devi, Teen Kanya, Abhijan, Kapurush, Ashani Sanket, Joi Baba Felunath, Hirak Rajar Deshe, Ghare Baire, Ganashatru and Shakha Proshakha.
Soumitra was a recipient of India’s highest honour in for cinema, Dadasaheb Phalke Award. He was also honoured by the Indian government with the Padma Bhushan in 2004 and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1998. The French government honoured the legend with its highest honour, Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and Legion of Honour.
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