Soumitra Chatterjee was one of my oldest friends, the loss is huge: Sharmila Tagore


A file photo of Soumitra Chatterjee with Sharmila Tagore (courtesy sakpataudi)


  • “He has been such a loyal and fun friend,” said Sharmila Tagore.
  • “I really respected him, I admired him.”
  • “Soumitra knew that she would never speak ill of him,” she said as well.


Veteran actress Sharmila Tagore finds it difficult to come to terms with iconic The disappearance of Bengali star Soumitra ChatterjeeLike him, she has lost one of her oldest friendships, which began when she was a teenager.

Chatterjee, 85, died Sunday after a month-long battle with post-COVID ailments.

The legendary actor was admitted to the hospital on October 6 after testing positive for the infection. He was later transferred to the ICU when COVID encephalopathy began, which affected his central nervous system and caused kidney dysfunction.

She later recovered from the infection, but her condition did not improve.

Tagore and Chatterjee began their careers with the latest installment in filmmaker Satyajit Ray’s Apu trilogy., Apur Sansar in 1959.

They later appeared in acclaimed films, including directing Ray in 1960. Devi, the drama by filmmaker Ajoy Kar Barnali (1963) and Aranyer Din Ratri in 1970.

In an interview with PTI, Tagore, 75, said he has not yet processed the loss of Chatterjee, with whom he shared a connection beyond the movies. that it was organic, non-judgmental, and it existed wonderfully without the need to prove a point.

“I was 13 years old and he was 10 years older than me when we started working in Apur Sansar. In the movie, those beautiful dialogues that we talked to each other also made us love each other. That was the beginning. I really respected him, admired him and what he stood for. “

“He was one of my oldest friends, after my husband Tiger (cricket legend Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi) and actor Shashi Kapoor. He has been such a loyal and fun friend.”

Tagore said Chatterjee’s unbiased nature only strengthened their relationship.

Their bond, as she described, was not transactional.

“We could lead our parallel lives and still have a connection, somewhere because our thoughts, depth, and loyalty were the same. Soumitra knew she would never speak ill of him. There was no question about what we shared, we didn’t have to prove it.

“If I didn’t talk to him or if he didn’t talk to me, I wouldn’t feel ‘Oh God, he didn’t want me, he doesn’t remember my birthday.’ He was so organic. I can’t give him a name.”


The multi-national award-winning star said they grew fond of each other for the similarity in the way they viewed the world.

One of his fondest memories with the star was their extensive discussions about everything under the sun.

Chatterjee was a wonderful companion, Tagore said, which ensured his jokes were endless. Sometimes he would understand her point of view, other times she would agree with his belief, she recounted.

“We would talk for hours about sports, history, our vision of India. I find it irreplaceable in that way because there is no one else with whom I can share so much. If I expressed a certain point of view, I would agree and expand or shoot down and give your reasons. That kind of friendship is so rare. Losing that is huge. “

Tagore noted that his personality was so complete that it was reflected in all aspects of his life.

She remembered shooting for Ray Aranyer Din Ratri, where he shared a bungalow with Chatterjee and his other co-star, Subhendu Chatterjee.

One of Tagore’s strongest memories of their time together is of her having her morning coffee and listening to the actor sing outside while doing yoga.

“Soumitra’s interests went beyond acting,” he said.

“He painted, he sang, he was widely read, he had an immense knowledge of the theater, he wrote poetry and stories for his grandchildren. His interests were vast and that is what made him who he was: a man of all interests, a powerful talent.

“I know that he will live forever in our memories because his legacy is so immense. It covers a lot.”

Chatterjee is survived by his wife Deepa Chatterjee, daughter Poulomi Basu, and son Sougata Chatterjee.

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