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Soumitra Chatterjee dies at 85: Amitabh, Aamir, Mohanlal and others mourn demise of legendary actor

Celebrities, politicians, sportspersons and fans pay tribute to legendary actor Soumitra Chatterjee.

By: Entertainment Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: November 16, 2020 12:58:31 pm
Soumitra Chatterjee amitabhSoumitra Chatterjee was 85. (Photo: Amitabh Bachchan/ Twitter)

Actor Soumitra Chatterjee breathed his last in a Kolkata hospital on Sunday. He was 85. Soumitra was admitted to the hospital after he tested positive for COVID-19 on October 6.

The legend, known for his collaborations with Satyajit Ray, was a recipient of the Padma Bhushan, Dadasaheb Phalke Award, Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, besides winning three National Film Awards.

Born on January 19, 1935, Soumitra Chatterjee learned acting from noted theatre personality Ahindra Choudhury. After initially getting rejected for the role of Apu, Chatterjee finally made his acting debut with Satyajit Ray’s Apur Sansar (1959), which was the third part of the Apu Trilogy. The two eventually worked on fourteen films including Abhijan, Charulata, Kapurush, Aranyer Din Ratri, Ashani Sanket, Sonar Kella and Joi Baba Felunath.

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Chatterjee also had successful collaborations with Bengali directors like Mrinal Sen and Tapan Sinha. Sen’s Akash Kusum (1965) and Sinha’s Jhinder Bandi (1961) got Chatterjee equal laurels. Among contemporary filmmakers, Chatterjee teamed up with Goutam Ghose, Aparna Sen, Anjan Das and Rituparno Ghosh among others.

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India mourns the demise of Soumitra Chatterjee.

12:58 (IST)16 Nov 2020
'He was a thorough gentleman'
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Asha Bhosle took to her Instagram to share, 'I was very fond of Soumitra da and as a big fan I've seen most of his films. He was a thorough gentleman. There will be a huge void in the film industry with his passing away.'

12:47 (IST)16 Nov 2020
'Indian Cinema has lost one of its leading lights'

Aamir Khan tweeted, "Indian Cinema has lost one of its leading lights. My heartfelt condolences to Soumitraji’s family, and to all his fans. His work will continue to bring joy to all of us. RIP Shri Soumitra Chatterjee 🙏🏼."

11:10 (IST)16 Nov 2020
Sharmistha Mukherjee shares an old photograph

Indian Kathak dancer Sharmistha Mukherjee shared an old photograph of Soumitra Chatterjee.

11:03 (IST)16 Nov 2020
'A true renaissance artist'

Lisa Ray wrote on Twitter, "One of our greatest gifts, a true renaissance artist. #SoumitraChatterjee performances are etched in my minds eye. These images leave me both grateful and unbearably sad."

10:57 (IST)16 Nov 2020
Rajkummar Rao shares his condolences

Rajkummar Rao took to Twitter to share, "Rest in Peace #SoumitraChatterjee sir. #Legend."

10:56 (IST)16 Nov 2020
‘Bengal film world has been orphaned’

Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee, who died at a Kolkata hospital on Sunday after a battle with post-Covid ailments, was cremated with full state honours. As news of his death spread, hundreds of people gathered outside the hospital to catch a final glimpse of their much-loved Feluda —a strapping, handsome Bengali sleuth – brought to life by Satyajit Ray, and immortalised by Chatterjee in Sonar Kella and Joi Baba Felunath.

Some were seen reciting Chatterjee’s favourite poems by Rabindranath Tagore as the hearse reached his residence. READ MORE

10:52 (IST)16 Nov 2020
'Unforgettable actor in some of the most unforgettable films'
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Tannishtha Chatterjee shared on Instagram, "Eternal..... artists don’t die . Unforgettable actor in some of the most unforgettable films. Love Tribute Respect #SoumitraChatterjee"

10:49 (IST)16 Nov 2020
'An iconic legend'

Amitabh Bachchan tweeted, "T 3722 - Soumitra Chatterjee .. an iconic legend .. one of the mightiest pillars of the Film Industry, .. has fallen .. a gentle soul and abundant talent .. last met him at the IFFI in Kolkata ..Prayers .. 🙏."

20:16 (IST)15 Nov 2020
Photos: Soumitra Chatterjee's funeral

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20:07 (IST)15 Nov 2020
Nawazuddin Siddiqui on Soumitra Chatterjee

Nawazuddin Siddiqui tweeted, "It’s a huge loss to the world of Art & Cinema - The Great Thespian #SoumitraChatterjee bids his last goodbye leaving behind an extremely rich legacy to be cherished forever."

19:50 (IST)15 Nov 2020
VIDEO | People march alongside the vehicle carrying Soumitra Chatterjee's body
19:31 (IST)15 Nov 2020
'You will be missed so much'

Nandita Das shared photos of herself and Soumitra Chatterjee and wrote, "Just when I logged in, after a few days of no news, got the worst one. Soumitrada, an incredibly kind, funny and loving person and a supremely versatile and authentic performer just left us. Deeply saddened. So fortunate to have worked with him in the Bengali film, Paddakhep and then met many a times. Covid is claiming too many precious lives. You will be missed so much #soumitrachatterjee . The photos are of my first meeting on the sets to the last one when we did a public conversation."

19:15 (IST)15 Nov 2020
Anupam Kher on Soumitra Chatterjee: Deeply saddened

Anupam Kher tweeted, "Deeply saddened to know about the demise of legendary actor and one of my favourite #SoumitraChatterjee. I Learnt so much from his amazingly rich talent and craft. Om Shanti!"

19:00 (IST)15 Nov 2020
A great loss to the world of cinema: Mohanlal
18:47 (IST)15 Nov 2020
'A legend has passed'

Renuka Shahane mourned the loss of Soumitra Chatterjee.

18:20 (IST)15 Nov 2020
Pritam: Thank you Soumitra Chatterjee for making our growing years rich

Music composer Pritam paid tribute to Soumitra Chatterjee. He shared a note on Twitter which read, "He came to our school once and recited a poem in the morning assembly. And I have been awestruck ever since. Be it Apu or Feluda or Amal or Shyam or the several screen characters, he has lightened up and been a part of my childhood and youth. I was also addicted to his rendition of Tagore's Sesher Kobita, Amito, Feluda, Apu, Amal and so many others will always be a part of me as a close friend. Thank you Soumitra Chatterjee for making our growing years rich."

18:03 (IST)15 Nov 2020
Soha Ali Khan mourns Soumitra Chatterjee's death

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Sharing a picture of Soumitra Chatterjee and Sharmila Tagore, Soha Ali Khan wrote, "We will miss you."

17:50 (IST)15 Nov 2020
My dream to work with you remained unfulfilled: Adil Hussain

Tweeting a picture of Soumitra Chatterjee, Adil Hussain said his dream to work with him "remained unfulfilled." "His Graceful Presence was always visible on screen. In all roles to remind us the beauty of life. Soumitra da! My dream to work with you remained unfulfilled.Will catch you on the other unless you hurry back again to this dimension! Lots of love, hugs. Rest for a while in Peace," the actor wrote.

17:30 (IST)15 Nov 2020
Namit Das: My Apu is no more
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17:07 (IST)15 Nov 2020
Shabana Azmi on Soumitra Chatterjee

Remembering Soumitra Chatterjee, Shabana Azmi tweeted, "Farewell Soumitra Da. I had the honour of playing your wife in La Nuit Bengali n your daughter in 15 Park Avenue. I was with you in Paris and saw the adulation you received at George Pompidou Centre but you were so nonchalant about it that it left me deeply impressed. RIP"

In a career spanning 60 years, Soumitra Chatterjee acted in more than 200 films.

Outside films, Soumitra was active in Kolkata-based Bengali theatre too. As a writer, he even published 12 poetry books.

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