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Film World Mourns Death of Soumitra Chatterjee

The film world mourns the death of veteran Indian actor Soumitra Chatterjee, who died on Sunday due to complications from the coronavirus, aged 85.

Chatterjee’s daughter, Poulami Bose, in a statement, said that her father died at a hospital in the city of Kolkata in West Bengal state where he had been admitted since testing positive for the virus in early October.

Soumitra Chatterjee is regarded as a thinking man’s screen performer who could combine deep thoughts and awe-inspiring creative ability with deceptive ease to adopt many a memorable characters. His works will be remembered as long as cinema exists.

Chatterjee, an actor with more than 300 films to his name was born in in Kolkata in 1935.

He started his career in theater and pursued acting while working as an announcer with All India Radio. His career spanned six decades and he was also an accomplished poet, playwright, and theater actor.

Chatterjee’s film debut was “The World of Apu” (1959) co-starring Sharmila Tagore. It was the third part of Satyajit Ray’s Apu Trilogy.

Chatterjee's film debut

The film created a fruitful association with the Oscar-winning filmmaker over the years, including 14 key roles in Ray’s films between 1959 and 1990.

Soumitra Chatterjee also contributed with many greats of Bengali-language cinema. Working internationally, he also acted in Nicolas Klotz’s “The Bengali Night” (1988) and Florian Gallenberger’s “Shadows of Time” (2004).

The film world bids farewell to a legend, Soumitra Chatterjee on social media:


Saman Siddiqui

Saman Siddiqui, A freelance journalist with a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and MS in Peace and Conflict Studies. Associated with the media industry since 2006. Experience in various capacities including Program Host, Researcher, News Producer, Documentary Making, Voice Over, Content Writing Copy Editing, and Blogging, and currently associated with OyeYeah since 2018, working as an Editor.

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