Indian actor Soumitra Chatterjee, who is known internationally for his long association with Oscar-winning filmmaker Satyajit Ray, died in Kolkata on Sunday after contracting with Coronovirus. He was 85.
Chatterjee was born in 1935 in Calcutta. At the university he developed an interest in theater and was later referred to by Sisir Bhaduri, a disciple of the region. He made an acting career in cinema, working as an announcer with All India Radio.
Chatterjee’s film debut, “The World of Apu,” (1959) was the third part of Ray’s famous Apu trilogy, which began in 1955 with Cannes-winning “Pather Panchali” and in 1956 with Venetian-winning “Aparajito” Continued The film started. A fruitful association with Ray, including “The Goddess” (1960), “Three Daughters” (1961), “The Expedition” (1962), “Charulata” (1964), “Days and Nights in the Forest” (1970) , “Distant Thunder” (1973), “The Golden Fortress” (1974), “The Elephant God” (1979), “The Home and the World” (1984) and “Branches of the Tree” (1990).
Chatterjee also worked with other Bengali-language cinema giants, including “Tanu Sinha” (1960), and “Jinder Bandi (1961)” and “Akash Kusum” (1965) with Mrinal Sen. Chatterjee acted in the popular Bengali cinema, and gave his career in more than 300 films.
At the time of his death, 10 of his photographs were ready for release. The actor also continued his association with the theater till the end.
Internationally, in addition to his Ray Overe which was seen worldwide, Chatterjee starred in Nicholas Klotz’s “The Bengali Night” (1988) and Florian Gallenberger’s “Shadows of Time” (2004). Catherine Burge made a documentary on Chatterjee titled “The Tree” (1998).
Chatterjee won the lead actor at India’s National Awards for Suman Ghosh’s “Podoxhape” (2006), supporting actor at the Asia-Pacific Film Festival for Atanu Ghosh’s “Angshuman Chhabi” (2009) and Amit at the New York Winter Film Awards Actor Award for Ranjan Vishwas. “Bridge” (2016).
In 2012, he was awarded the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, India’s highest film honor, and in 2018 the French government conferred him its highest civilian award, the Legion of Honor.
“The death of Mr. Soumitra Chatterjee is a great loss to the cultural life of the world of cinema, West Bengal and India. Through his works, he came to adopt Bengali sensibilities, sentiments and ethos. Angered by his demise. Condolences to family and fans. ” Peace,” Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted.
“Saumitra Chatterjee is an ‘idea’, which is slowly fading among us. All persons of a renaissance period,” Suman Ghosh, who has directed diversity in “podokkhep” to Chatterjee. “He had a deeply exploratory mind that wanted to interrogate and explore many aspects of life, which he discovers through his writings, poetry, theater, and of course, cinema. I hope he just has an international level. But is remembered beyond being a famous actor. “
“Soumitra was not just an actor, he was an artist in life, a creative dynamo, a timeless banyan tree in India’s cultural stratosphere, the last of the Mohinias,” Amit Ranjan Vishwas, who directed Chatterjee in “Bridge” , Variety. “Speaking to him for the last time in January, I asked, ‘What are you standing for?” Unexpectedly, he replied, ‘Love.’ May he rest in love and abundance. “