Actor Soumitra Chatterjee has died in Kolkata after battling COVID-19. He was 85 years old. Over a six-decade career, Chatterjee has worked in over 200 films and received numerous accolades, including the Dada Saheb Phalke Prize and the Padma Bhushan Prize.
“We declare with a heavy heart that Shri Soumitra Chattopadhyay breathed his last breath at 12:15 pm at the Belle Vue clinic today (November 15, 2020). We pay tribute to his soul, ”the hospital said in its statement.
According to NDTV, Chatterjee was admitted to hospital on October 6, just a day after testing positive for COVID-19. The actor tested negative after one week on October 14, but remained admitted due to health complications, particularly 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 played the role of Feluda / Pradosh Chandra Mitter, the famous private investigator from Calcutta in the Ray’s Feluda series of books, in two films – Sonar Kella and Joi baba felunath. He remains one of the most memorable characters Chatterjee has ever played.
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