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.
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:
Today, we mourn the passing of veteran Indian actor Soumitra Chatterjee, who passed away after contracting coronavirus.— New York Film Academy (@NYFA) November 15, 2020
🕊️ Farewell to a legend, Soumitra Chatterjee. pic.twitter.com/M07tozl52j
T 3722 – Soumitra Chatterjee .. an iconic legend .. one of the mightiest pillars of the Film Industry, .. has fallen .. a gentle soul and abundant talent .. last met him at the IFFI in Kolkata ..— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) November 15, 2020
Prayers .. 🙏 pic.twitter.com/GSFYacxKCh
A giant of Indian cinema has departed. 💔— Lé-terror-boxd (@letterboxd) November 15, 2020
Soumitra Chatterjee, muse of Satyajit Ray (seen here in অপুর সংসার —The World of Apu—his 1959 Ray debut), has died, aged 85. An icon, a huge loss to Bengali film.
ওনার আত্মার শান্তি কামনা করি।
ওম শান্তি 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/Vz46nh3AxB
Very much sadden to hear about the demises of #DadasahebPhalke awardee Shri #SoumitraChatterjee Ji. His death is a massive loss to the world of Cinema. I have watched his maximum movies & am a very big fan of him. My deepest condolence to his family and admirers. Om Shanti 🙏 pic.twitter.com/c95Jh8Cwng— Itirani Samanta (@iti_samanta) November 16, 2020
RIP Soumitra Chatterjee! You live on through your work for eternity! Thank you for the movies. A big, big loss to the world of cinema and art. An era has indeed ended with no one in sight to fill the void.💔 pic.twitter.com/ysXiACW6ex— RichaChadha (@RichaChadha) November 15, 2020
End of an Era for Bengali Cinema.There are too many performances of this amazing artists that has enriched our lives for decades to mention a few. World Cinema will celebrate this beautiful man & his art for eternity. Rest in peace. You r Loved and Cherished. #SoumitraChatterjee pic.twitter.com/SE2Z506k6i— iamOnir (@IamOnir) November 15, 2020
'Apu' leaves us. Dada Saheb Phalke Awardee #SoumitraChatterjee no more. End of not just an era – but can't think of any Bengali actor who can remotely match his stature. https://t.co/o2aGDin6dc #SoumitraChatterjeeRIP— GhoseSpot (@SandipGhose) November 15, 2020