Legendary actor Soumitra Chatterjee passes away at 85 in Kolkata

Bengali movie’s legendary actor Soumitra Chatterjee breathed his last after ailing for a long time in a private hospital on Sunday. He was 85.

Chatterjee was tested positive for COVID-19 last month and was taken to hospital.

“We declare with 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.

Soumitra Chatterjee was admitted to the hospital on October 6, just a day after he tested positive for COVID-19. The actor tested negative a little after a week on October 14 but he remained admitted because of health complications, especially COVID-19 induced encephalopathy.

Within a few days after Chatterjee tested negative, the doctors said he was recovering and would be able to walk in a few days. However on October 25, Dr Arindam Kar, who was leading the medical team treating Mr Chatterjee, said: “You all know he is not keeping well. His consciousness, despite all our efforts, is not improving. Rather it has gone down.”

He is survived by his wife, son, daughter and the many works he had done in his life time.

Besides many accolades the actor has earned for bringing out alive Satyajit Ray’s characters such as Feluda and Gupi Gayin among an elaborate career of iconic Bengali movies, Soumitra had also earned two time National Award, Sangeet Natak Akademi Award and Dada Saheb Phalke Award among many others.

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