Heartbroken, Twitter mourns Soumitra Chatterjee

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Soumitra Chatterjee as Feluda (courtesy Twitter)

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  • “Wherever you are Soumitra Chatterjee, stay well Feluda,” reads a tweet
  • “You will always be in our hearts, Feluda,” said another
  • “Many of us grew up with Feluda,” wrote one user.

New Delhi:

Famous Bengal actor Soumitra Chatterjee died at age 85 on Sunday afternoon., 40 days after his admission to a hospital in Kolkata. Soumitra Chatterjee left behind an illustrious legacy of work, including one of her most popular on-screen characters, Feluda. Chatterjee was the first actor to bring Feluda, the Bengali private investigator, created by Satyajit Ray, live on screen. Soumitra Chatterjee played Feluda in two films directed by Mr Ray: Sonar Kella Y Joy Baba Felunath. On Twitter, heartbroken fans shared tributes remembering Soumitra Chatterjee as the Feluda they grew up with: “We will miss you, Feluda,” read a tweet as another user added, “Wherever you are Soumitra Chatterjee, stay well Feluda.”

“I know he has acted in many diverse roles throughout his illustrious career, but to me, he will always be Feluda,” said a fervent Feluda fan as another user summed up emotions on Twitter and wrote: “As the world grew up with Sherlock Holmes, many of us grew up with Feluda. “

Actress Sayani Gupta is one of those for whom Soumitra Chatterjee will always be synonymous with Feluda. “Soumitra Chatterjee, Feluda, leave us. Numb. One era, one generation, a great legacy left. He gave 70 years to the Silver Screen,” he tweeted.

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Among Soumitra Chatterjee’s most famous roles was Apu – Made his acting debut as the main character in Satyajit Ray’s 1959 film. Apur Sansar, part of the acclaimed Pather Panchali trilogy. Soumitra Chatterjee and Mr Ray collaborated on 14 films. Chatterjee was also directed by other greats of Bengali cinema, including Mrinal Sen, Tapan Sinha, Ajoy Kar. Soumitra Chatterjee’s last appearance on the big screen was in 2019 Sanjhbati.

Soumitra Chatterjee was taken to the Kolkata Belle Vue Clinic hospital on October 6, a day after he tested positive for the coronavirus. The actor tested negative a little after a week on October 14, but remained in the hospital due to health complications, especially COVID-19-induced encephalopathy. On Sunday afternoon, an official statement regarding the actor’s death read: “We declare with regret that Shri Soumitra Chattopadhyay breathed her last at 12-15 pm at the Belle Vue Clinic today (November 15, 2020). We render our homage to his soul. “

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