Legendary Indian actor Soumitra Chatterjee, extremely popular for his work with Oscar-winning Director Satyajit Ray has passed away today from Covid complications. The 85-year-old actor was admitted to the hospital in Kolkata city on October 6 after he was tested positive for COVID-19.
He will be mourning by fans and critics who ardently followed his six-decade-long career in Bengali language movies. Chatterjee, who featured in more than 300 movies was too an accomplished writer, theater performing artist and poet. He was tested negative many weeks after he was admitted to the hospital but his condition soon deteriorated and he was put on a ventilator in the final week of October.
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Chatterjee was maybe best-known for his work with Ray, one of the world’s most influential Director and Producer of the much-feted Apu’s Triology. The movie was cast on the life of a man who grew up in a Bengali village. The movie garnered critical acclaim winning many awards around the world. The movie of the trilogy, Apur Sansar, which released in 1959 was moreover Chatterjee’s debut film. He has worked as the lead actor in 14 of Ray’s movies.
Soumitra Chatterjee was taken to Kolkata’s Belle Vue hospital on October 6, a day after he was tested positive for the coronavirus. His condition at the time was described as steady. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee called to enquire about Chatterjee’s health.
Concern about Soumitra Chatterjee’s health grew as days passed, particularly fear of a cancer relapse – the actor had survived prostate cancer. He passed away on Sunday morning.