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Agartala Remembers Soumitra Chatterjee On Sunday

In how many ways can one mourn Soumitra Chatterjee? His prodigious talent has been extolled by critics; his colleagues have spoken of his discipline and dedication. A Left ideologue, Ray’s protege wore his politics on his sleeves, showing up at protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act or to speak up for a director who found his film banished from theatres in West Bengal without an explanation last year. But to followers of Bengali cinema, he was that rare creature — an actor who bridged the gap between stardust and reality, and an intergenerational artiste. On sunday Agartala remembers Soumitra Chattarjee. The remembrance meeting was organized by Tripura Sanskriti Samannay Kendra. The meeting was organized at Rabindra Shatabarshiki Bhavan. Chatterjee, who starred in more than 300 films in his career, was a three-time National Award winner who enjoyed huge popularity as a matinee idol in Bengal after Uttam Kumar. He was honoured with Dadasaheb Phalke Award, India’s highest award in cinema in 2012. The actor was also known for playing iconic Bengali private investigator Feluda in Ray’s “Sonar Kella” and “Joi Baba Felunath”. His storied filmography in his twilight years features titles, including “Bela Sheshe” (2015), short film “Ahalya” (2015), “Samantaral” (2017), National Award winning “Mayurakshi” (2017), “Sanjhbati” (2019), among several others. Chatterjee is also the first Indian film personality to be conferred with the Commandeur de l’ Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, France’s highest award for artists. He also received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Italy.

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