The movie industry in addition to millions of fans have mourned the loss of iconic actor Soumitra Chatterjee. The veteran actor died on Sunday after several weeks in hospital; he used to be diagnosed with Covid encephalopathy. The President, the Prime Minister and the West Bengal chief minister posted tributes to the actor.
Chatterjee’s daughter Paulaumi Basu said, “I am extremely grateful to the chief minister (Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee), the doctors and all those who took such great care of my father. I wish to ask everybody not to grieve. Let us celebrate his life.”
Harking back to the celebrated actor, Mamata Banerjee said Chatterjee used to be a “fighter who will be celebrated for his work”. His death is an “irreparable loss” for the country’s movie fraternity, she said.
Best known for his films with Satyajit Ray, Soumitra Da used to be conferred with Legion of Honor, Dadasaheb Phalke Award, Banga Bibhushan, Padma Bhushan & several National Awards. A great loss. Saddened. Condolences to his circle of relatives, the movie fraternity & his admirers across the world 2/2
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) November 15, 2020
PM Narendra Modi wrote on Twitter, “Shri Soumitra Chatterjee’s death is a colossal loss to the world of cinema, cultural life of West Bengal and India. Through his works, he came to embody Bengali sensibilities, emotions and ethos. Anguished by his demise. Condolences to his circle of relatives and admirers. Om Shanti.”
Shri Soumitra Chatterjee’s death is a colossal loss to the world of cinema, cultural life of West Bengal and India. Through his works, he came to embody Bengali sensibilities, emotions and ethos. Anguished by his demise. Condolences to his circle of relatives and admirers. Om Shanti.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 15, 2020
President Ram Nath Kovind remembered his work in Apu trilogy and tweeted, “With the passing of Soumitra Chatterjee, Indian cinema has missing one of its legends. He’ll be specially remembered for the ‘Apu’ trilogy and other memorable performances in Satyajit Ray’s masterpieces. He made huge contribution to the craft of acting.” He further added, “Soumitra Chatterjee’s performances won him several national and international awards including Dadasaheb Phalke Award, Padma Bhushan and Légion d’Honneur. Condolences to his circle of relatives, the movie fraternity and millions of fans across the world.”
Soumitra Chatterjee’s performances won him several national and international awards including Dadasaheb Phalke Award, Padma Bhushan and Légion d’Honneur. Condolences to his circle of relatives, the movie fraternity and millions of fans across the world.
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) November 15, 2020
Richa Chadha took to Twitter to condole the death of the legendary actor. She tweeted, “RIP Soumitra Chatterjee! You continue to exist through your work for eternity! Thank you for the movies. A big, big loss to the world of cinema and art. An era has indeed ended with no one in sight to fill the void.”
RIP Soumitra Chatterjee! You continue to exist through your work for eternity! Thank you for the movies. A big, big loss to the world of cinema and art. An era has indeed ended with no one in sight to fill the void.💔 pic.twitter.com/ysXiACW6ex
— TheRichaChadha (@RichaChadha) November 15, 2020
Randeep Hooda shared two black and white pictures of the legend in his reminiscence and wrote, “The end of an era .. RIP Legend.”
“And the year takes absent another gem .. RIP #SoumitraChatterjee .. your imprint will stay in the minds eye and heart for very long ..” wrote Tisca Chopra.
Madhur Bhandarkar shared throwback pictures of Chatterjee on Twitter. He wrote, “Sad to hear demise of Padma Bhushan awardee #SoumitraChatterjee,Will at all times take into account my interplay with Soft spoken actor all the way through 54th National Award operate for movie #TrafficSignal, which used to be very encouraging & inspiring. My Condolences to his circle of relatives & admirers. #OmShanti Folded hands.”
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Filmmaker Satyajit Ray’s son and director Sandip Ray said, “I missing a member of my circle of relatives. He shared a wonderful chemistry with my father. He gave a large number of thought to the characters my father created. His most favourite role used to be that of Gangacharan in Ashani Sanket. He used to be so involved in the project that he even pushed the trolley when there used to be a scarcity in manpower sooner or later.”
Aparna Sen, Chatterjee’s life-long friend and co-actor, said, “He used to be my first hero. I used to be only 14 when we first met. I used to call him uncle at that time. He and his wife were friends of our circle of relatives. I became his friend too as I grew up. I will be able to’t consider he’s no more.”
Sharmila Tagore, who made her debut contrary Chatterjee in Apur Sansar, told a news channel, “We were hoping that he would recuperate. I missing a very old friend, a very dear friend and a very loyal friend. He left a legacy. He’s associated with Ray but he gave wonderful performances while working with other directors as polite. He used to be a very erudite person. I take into account listening to him and actor Subhendu Chatterjee as they discussed politics and literature for hours when we were shooting in the outside location for Ray’s Aranyer Din Ratri.”
Chatterjee used to be admitted to a Kolkata hospital on October 6 after he tested positive for Covid-19. He used to be later shifted to ICU as Covid encephalopathy set in, affecting his central nervous system and causing renal dysfunction. He retrieved from the infection due to this fact, but his health condition did not toughen, despite several plasma therapies, dialysis and tracheotomy. Doctors had on November 13 said that he stopped responding to remedy.
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