Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee breathed his last at a hospital in Kolkata on 15 November today. Soumitra Chatterjee was 85 years old. He was hospitalized after testing positive for Novel Coronavirus. He was the recipient of Padma Bhushan, Dada Saheb Phalke Award, Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, besides winning 3 National Film Awards. The French government awarded Soumitra Chatterjee its highest honor, the Ordre de Arts et des Lettres and the Legion of Honor.
Soumitra Chatterjee was born on 19 January 1935. After initially being rejected for the role of Appu, he made his acting debut in the 1959 film Apur Sansar, the third part of the Apu trilogy. In this film, he shared screen space with Sharmila Tagore. She later starred in Diamond Rajar Dese, Ghare Bair, Charulata, Sonar Kela, Araniyar Din Ratri, Devi, Kishore Kanya, Abhijan, Kapoor, Aushani Sankte, Joha Baba Felunath, Ganashatru and Shakshakti.
Soumitra Chatterjee had acted in more than 300 films, until her recent hospitalization.
President Ram Nath Kovind said that the Indian film industry has lost a legend.
Prime minister Narendra Modi, In his condolence message, actor Soumitra Chatterjee, through his works, came to embody “Bengali sensibilities, emotions and ethos”.