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Legendary Soumitra Chattopadhyay Passes Away

Veteran actor Soumitra Chatterjee passed away at 12.15pm on Sunday, 15 November in Kolkata. 85-year-old Soumitra Chatterjee, was admitted to Kolkata’s Belle Vue Clinic on 6 October after he tested positive for COVID-19 and was on life support. Though the actor tested negative for coronavirus on 14 October, he had to remain in hospital because of complications due to COVID-19 induced encephalopathy.

In a Facebook post, Poulami Bose, Chatterjee’s daughter wrote:

“With deep grief I must inform you that my beloved father … my Bapi left us this morning. As a family, we are devastated. Please say a prayer for his soul.

I humbly and earnestly request you all please do not come over to our place right now …my mother and my sons health is fragile at best… please do not put them at risk… PLEASE KEEP THE PANDEMIC IN MIND AND PRAY FROM THE SAFETY OF YOUR HOMES… If you all are truly concerned please respect what my father would have wanted…
please do not call me or text me… I will speak to everyone when I’m ready… please give me the space and the privacy that I so desperately need right now…
If anyone wishes to meet my mother or my brother please call them…
Please please don’t contact me now”
. An official statement from the hospital read, “We declare with heavy heart that Shri Soumitra Chattopadhyay breathed his last at 12:15 pm at Belle Vue Clinic today. We pay our homage to his soul.” Soumitra Chatterjee first rose to fame playing Apu in Satyajit Ray’s Apur Sansar. This was his debut film and he went on to work with the famed director in Charulata, Sonar Kella, Aranyer Din Ratri, Devi, Teen Kanya, Abhijan, Kapurush, Ashani Sanket, Joi Baba Felunath, Hirak Rajar Deshe, Ghare Baire, Ganashatru and Shakha Proshakha. He also worked with several other renowned directors including Tapan Sinha and Mrinal Sen. Some of his other acclaimed Bengali films are Teen Bhubaner Parey, Aparachita, Koni, Saat Pake Bandha, Akash Kusum, Aatanko, Wheelchair, Atanka and Jhinder Bandi. Soumitra was honoured with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award at the 59th National Film Awards. He was also bestowed the Padma Bhushan in 2004 and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1998. Soumitra won three National Film Awards for Antardhan (1991), Dekha (2000) and Podokkhep (2007). The French government honoured the actor with the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and Legion of Honour. In a career spanning six decades, Soumitra Chatterjee worked in over 200 films along with doing television shows and plays. He was last seen in the movie Sanjhbati.

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