Veteran actor Soumitra Chatterjee passes away at 85

2020 is indeed a sad year. As per the latest update, Soumitra Chatterjee, a popular veteran Bengali actor has breathed his last. The actor was has been admitted to a hospital in his hometown in Kolkata after he was detected with the novel coronavirus. He had been under severe medical care after he was tested negative and had been shifted to the Non-COVID Intensive Trauma Unit. However, he succumbed at last. “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 octogenarian actor’s health condition “extremely” deteriorated over the past 48-hours, reported IANS. The 85-year-old Dadasaheb Phalke awardee has been admitted in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Kolkata’s Belle Vue Hospital for almost 40 days and his consciousness level went down significantly Since Friday. The condition of the veteran actor was a matter of concern owing to co-morbidities and advanced age. His key problem was Covid-19 encephalopathy, doctors said.

Soumitra Chatterjee tested positive for coronavirus on October 5 and got admitted to the hospital the very next morning.

He was shooting for a documentary titled “Abhijan” directed by actor Parambrata Chattopadhyay. The last time he attended the shooting floor at Bharatlaxmi Studio was on October 1. The next shooting schedule was fixed for October 7.

Soumitra Chatterjee collaborated with Oscar winner Satyajit Ray frequently. His noted works include his immortalisation of Feluda in Ray’s films. He worked with Ray in films like Apu’r Sangshar or The World Of Apu. Other than that, Chatterjee’s popular works include Ashani Sanket, Ghare Baire, Aranyer Din Ratri, Charulata, Shakha Proshakha, Jhinder Bandi, Saat Pake Bandha to name a few.

These are trying times. We have lost another gem actor in the Indian cinema. May his soul rest in peace. Heartfelt condolences and prayers to his family.

(With inputs from IANS)

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