Chatterjee died a few weeks after his stay in the hospital (Photo: ABDELHAK SENNA/AFP via Getty Images)
The legendary Indian actor Sumitra Chatterjee died at the age of 85 from complications of Covida-19.
The actor died on Sunday morning, one month after his stay in hospital, on 6 September. October in the city of Calcutta, after the positive results of the coronavirus tests.
A few weeks after his stay in the hospital he tested negative, but his condition worsened and in the last week of October he was put on artificial respiration.
Read the explanation: With a heavy heart we announce that Sri Sumitra Chattopadya today (15 November 2020) at 12:15 p.m. released his last breath at the Belle Vue Clinic. We pay homage to his soul.
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The prime minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee, came to the hospital shortly after her death to stay with her family and twittered afterwards: There’s no more feluda. Apu said goodbye Sumitra (Yes) Chatterjee He was a legend in life. The international, Indian and Bengali cinema has lost a giant. He’ll be sorely missed.
The film world in Bengal was orphaned. The Sumitra Da is best known for her films with Sathyayjit Ray and has received the Legion of Honour, the Dadashaheb Falcon Award, the Bang Bibhushan Award, the Padma Bhushan Award and several national awards. Big loss. It’s sad. My condolences to his family, the cameraman brotherhood and his fans around the world.
Chatterjee was known for his work with Satyait Ray, whose film Charulat (Photo: LMPC via Getty Images).
Chatterjee has appeared in more than 300 films and can look back on a sixty year film career in Bengal.
He is best known for his work with Oscar-winning director Sathyait Ray on the third film of the Apu trilogy, Apure Sansar, 1959, which marked the first Chatterjees film.
He has starred in 14 of Ray’s films, including Charulata, Sonar Kella, Devi and Asani Sanket.
He has also played in films such as Lati, Guru Shisia and Life in the Park, and despite his fame, he has chosen to avoid Bollywood and stick to Bengali movies in their original language.
Chatterjee was awarded the Legion of Honour in 2018 (Photo: DIBANSHU SARKAR/AFP about Getty Images).
Director Prish Nandi talked about Chatterjee in 2012: Sumitra – today the best actor in the country, but totally unknown outside Bengal. It’s a loss for India, Bollywood and maybe a small loss for Sumitra.
His last role was in the film Sanjbati in 2019, in which he played Chang Dada.
In 2012 Chatterjee received the Dad Saheb Falcon Prize, the highest award in Indian cinema, and in 2018 he received the French Legion of Honour.
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Outside the cinema, Chatterjee acted, wrote and directed several plays, and his play Ghataj Bidey lasted 500 nights.
He was also praised for his role in the Bengali adaptation of King Lear.
Chatterjee was also passionate about literature, he was editor of a literary magazine and published 30 books of essays and poems.
His wife, son and daughter survive.
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