Actor Soumitra Chatterjee passed away on in Kolkata after battling COVID-19. He was 85. In a career spanning six decades, Chatterjee worked in more than 200 films and was conferred with many accolades, including the Dada Saheb Phalke Award and Padma Bhushan Award.
“We declare with a heavy heart that Shri Soumitra Chattopadhyay breathed his last at 12.15 pm at Belle Vue Clinic today (15 November 2020). We pay our homage to his soul,” the hospital said in its statement.
According to NDTV, Chatterjee was admitted to the hospital on October 6, just a day after he tested positive for COVID-19. The actor tested negative after a week on October 14 but he remained admitted because of health complications, especially COVID-19 induced encephalopathy.
Born in Kolkata in 1935, he made his debut in 1959 with Satyajit Ray’s The World of Apu (Apur Sansar). He featured as Feluda/Pradosh Chandra Mitter, the famous private investigator from Calcutta in Ray’s Feluda series of books, in two films – Sonar Kella and Joi Baba Felunath. It remains one of the most memorable characters Chatterjee has ever played.