Iconic actor Soumitra Chatterjee in hospital with COVID-19

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Soumitra Chatterjee was admitted to the hospital Tuesday morning (courtesy soumitrachattopadhyayo)

Highlight

  • The actor is believed to have been unwell for the past few days.
  • West Bengal’s chief minister called to inquire about the actor’s health
  • Soumitra Chatterjee, star of some of the best films in Bengali cinema, is 85 years old

New Delhi:

Legendary actor Soumitra Chatterjee was rushed to the hospital in Kolkata after testing positive for COVID-19. Chatterjee, the beloved star of some of the best films in Bengali cinema, is 85 years old. Chatterjee tested positive Tuesday morning, a health official told the PTI news agency. “Their samples were tested for COVID-19 on Monday and the reports came in today,” the official said. Soumitra Chatterjee is believed to have been unwell for the past few days. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee called to inquire about the actor’s health.

Soumitra Chatterjee, a man in various hats, is perhaps best known for his many collaborations with filmmaker Satyajit Ray – they made 14 films together. He made his debut in the 1959 Mr Ray film. Apur Sansar, part of the acclaimed Pather Panchali trilogy. Chatterjee was also directed by Satyajit Ray in Charulata, Devi, Teen Kanya, Ghare Baire, Ganashatru and other movies. He is also the first actor to play the role of Feluda, the detective created by Satyajit Ray. Soumitra Chatterjee played Feluda in two films directed by Mr Ray: Sonar Kella Y Joy Baba Felunath.

Soumitra Chatterjee has also been directed by other greats of Bengali cinema, including Mrinal Sen in Akash Kusum. His last big screen appearance was 2019’s Sanjhbati.

Extensive list of Soumitra Chatterjee awards and honors it includes the Padma Bhushan and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Tagore Ratna. He received the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, India’s highest film honor, in 2012. Mr. Chatterjee is also the winner of three national awards for his performances in films. Antardhan, Dekha Y Padokkhep.

(With PTI inputs)

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