The actor was admitted to Belle Vue Clinic in Kolkata on October 6, a day after he tested positive for the coronavirus.
Star of some of Bengal cinema’s finest films, veteran actor Soumitra Chatterjee passed away. He was 85 years old. Mr Chatterjee had tested positive for the novel coronavirus last month and was taken to the hospital. An officials statement 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). We pay our homage to his soul.” Mamata Banerjee, the Chief Minister of Bengal was also photographed at the hospital on Sunday.
The actor was admitted to Belle Vue Clinic in Kolkata on October 6, a day after he tested positive for the coronavirus. West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee had also called to enquire about Mr Chatterjee’s health.
With days passing, concerns about Mr Chaterjee’s health grew. Mr Chaterjee was a cancer survivor.
Bengal’s most celebrated actor, Soumitra Chatterjee was known for his many collaborations with filmmaker Satyajit Ray, with the legendary duo having done 14 movies together. Part of the acclaimed Pather Panchali trilogy, Mr Chatterjee made a debut in Mr Ray’s 1959 film Apur Sansar. He also acted under Ray’s direction in movies like Charulata, Devi, Teen Kanya, Ghare Baire, Ganashatru and other films. He was the first actor to play the role of Feluda, the detective created by Satyajit Ray. Soumitra Chatterjee starred as Feluda in two films directed by Mr Ray – Sonar Kella and Joy Baba Felunath.
Mr Chatterjee was the winner of three National Awards for his performances in the films Antardhan, Dekha and Padokkhep. He was also bestowed with Dadasaheb Phalke Award – India’s top film honour – in 2012.