Legendary actor Soumitra Chatterjee dies

Iconic Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee has passed away at the age of 85. He tested positive for COVID-19 in October and was hospitalized. An official 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.”

Soumitra Chatterjee was hospitalized at Belle Vue Clinic hospital in Kolkata last month, a day after he tested positive for COVID-19. His condition at the time was described as stable. West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee called to enquire about Mr Chatterjee’s health.

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Concern about Soumitra Chatterjee’s health grew as days passed, particularly a fear of a cancer relapse – the actor had survived prostate cancer. Mr Chatterjee, who received plasma therapy to fight the virus, was attended by a team of 10 doctors from Belle Vue Clinic, reports NDTV.

He was the most celebrated actor in Bangla film industry. He was specially renowned for his many collaborations with filmmaker Satyajit Ray. Soumitra acted in 14 movies directed by Satyajit Ray. He debuted in 1959 film Apur Sansar directed by Satyajit Ray, part of the acclaimed Pather Panchali trilogy. Soumitra acted in Charulata, Devi, Teen Kanya, Ghare Baire, Ganashatru directed by Satyajit Ray and other films. He was the first actor who roleplayed Feluda, the detective characted created by Satyajit Ray. Soumitra Chatterjee starred as Feluda in two movies – Sonar Kella and Joy Baba Felunath.

His last movie was Sanjhbati which was released in 2019.

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