Chatterjee has acted in more than 300 films, including 14 of Roy’s films. In addition to commercial films, he has adapted himself to various characters in parallel films. He felt a presence on stage as an actor, script writer and director. A day after the festival of lights, the film star turned his back on this world in a hospital in Kolkata. He was hospitalized on October 6 with Kovid-19. He was suffering from many other diseases.
Soumitra Chatterjee is no more, but his work will always be present. Chatterjee started his film career with ‘Apur Sansar’ and made an unforgettable impression on the audience with his first film. Chatterjee, who played the role of a mourning widow in the film, eventually became involved with the boy. The famous Apu trilogy of Roy ended with this 1959 film and it introduced Chatterjee to world cinema. It was then recorded in history.
Apu was Trio’s first picture ‘Pather Panchali‘According to people familiar with the film, Chatterjee auditioned for Roy’s ‘Aparajita’ in 1977, which was the trio’s second film, but the director was then in his early twenties to play the role of Kishore Apu. . Apu Trio’s first film was ‘Pather Panchali’.
However, Chatterjee was in touch with Roy and eventually got the chance to play the role of Apu in the film ‘Apur Sansar’, where his appearance with a beard was well received by the audience. It is said that it reminded Roy of the young Tagore. Over the decades, Chatterjee played a variety of roles in film and theater. He also wrote poems and plays.
Born in Calcutta (now Calcutta) in 1935, Chatterjee spent his first year in Krishnanagar, Nadia district, where he attended school. Chatterjee was first introduced to his family drama by his grandfather and the father of lawyers. Both were artists. Chatterjee holds a master’s degree in Bengali literature from Calcutta University.
Soumitra worked on these films of Satyajit Ray
Satyajit Ray’s favorite actors were his films like ‘Devi’ (1960), ‘Abhijan’ (1962), ‘Arina Din Raat’ (1970), ‘Bari Baire’ (1984) and ‘Sakh Prasava’ (1990). The two had a three-decade relationship with Roy’s death in 1992.
Chatterjee told PTI in 2012, “… Ray had a great influence on me. I will say that he is my teacher. If they hadn’t, I wouldn’t be here. He also worked with elders like Mrinal Sen, Tapan Sinha and Tarun Majumdar.
Despite many offers from Bollywood, he never went there because he believed it would end his freedom to do other literary work. Chatterjee, a favorite of the yogis, edited the magazine for more than two decades. Chatterjee twice refused to accept the Padma Shri award and in 2001 he refused to accept the national award. He took the step in opposition to the jury’s position.
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He later won the Padma Bhushan in 2004 and in 2006 he also won the National Award for ‘Paddokhep’. In 2012, he was awarded the Dadasaheb Phalke Award. He was also awarded France’s highest civilian honor, the Legion d’Or, in 2013. He has also won many national and international awards. He is survived by his wife Deepa Chatterjee, daughter Polmi Basu and son Saugat Chatterjee.