Soumitra Chatterjee, A Household Name In Bengal, Now A Memory

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Soumitra Chatterjee, A Household Name In Bengal, Now A Memory

Legendary actor Soumitra Chatterjee died on the age of 85.

Apu, Amulya, Narsingh, Amal, Ajay, Ashim and Feluda, the hot-shot detective who made him a family identify — the actor who breathed life into these characters — isn’t any extra.

Soumitra Chatterjee, who captivated Bengal along with his luminescent performances on the Bengali silver display screen for 62 years, who would have turned 86 on the nineteenth of January subsequent yr, died right this moment after a 40-day battle on the hospital, battling COVID-19, issues and comorbidities.

He leaves behind a devastated household of spouse, son and daughter and their households, and Bengal… In reality, the world of cinema in India and past.

His epic traces in his debut movie — Satyajit Ray’s “Apur Sansar” — Soumitra Chatterjee, as Apu, speaks about himself in third particular person and says: “A village lad…poor however delicate. His father is a priest. The daddy dies. The boys go to a metropolis. He would not wish to grow to be a priest. He desires to review. Is bold. His studying, his battle broaden his thoughts, he’s a rationalist. However he has creativeness… he’s delicate. Small issues transfer him, give him pleasure. He maybe has the potential to do nice issues. However he would not do it. However that is not the tip of it. He isn’t tragic. he’s doing nothing nice, he stays poor, struggling. However he would not flip away from residing life. He isn’t operating away, he’s not escaping. The entire level of life is to reside it. He loves it. He desires to reside.”

A theatre actor. That is how Soumitra Chatterjee started his profession within the late 1950 below the tutelage of the legendary Sisir Bhaduri. He has usually mentioned that theatre was his past love. However he introduced the display screen alive along with his first movie “Apur Sansar” adopted by “Teen Kanya” and “Abhijan” (all Satyajit Ray movies).

After that got here “Saat Pake Badha” with Suchitra Sen directed by Ajoy Kar. Different motion pictures included “Akash Kusum” with Mrinal Sen and co-star Aparna Sen, “Jhinder Bandi” with Tapan Sinha, “Ganadevata” with Tarun Majumdar and as Amal within the basic “Charulata” in 1964 with an iconic efficiency by co-star Madhavi Chatterjee.

Bengal and the world of cinema have been captivated by this younger man with desires in his eyes. Or rage or scorn or ardour, no matter his character wanted to replicate.

“Feluda” was totally different, a hotshot. A cerebral and action-packed detective in movies for kids primarily — “Sonar Kella” and “Pleasure Baba Felunath“. But it surely was a task that made him a family identify in Bengal, the hero of the following technology, a personality that Soumitra Chatterjee modelled, it’s mentioned, on its creator Satyajit Ray.

Soumitra Chatterjee returned to theatre in 1978 with “Namjiban“, “Rajkumar“, and “Nilkantha” — which Satyajit Ray gave excessive reward. “An unforgettable efficiency,” he had mentioned.

In 1990, two years earlier than his dying, Satyajit Ray mentioned of Soumitra Chatterjee: “Of my 27 movies, Soumitra featured in the primary roles in 14 of them. This itself will show what belief I’ve in him and the way I worth him as an actor. I do know that to the final day of my artist’s life, my dependence on him will stay intact.”


After Satyajit Ray, Mrinal Sen and Tapan Sinha, Soumitra Chatterjee continued to be a field workplace draw, in reality until the tip.

Filmmakers began writing scripts through which he could possibly be the central character, like “Sanjhbati” — his final movie launched in 2019 — “Mayurakshi” and “Bela Sheshe” — movies through which he performed his age.

His theatre performing continued with the most important blockbuster “Raja Lear“, a Bengali adaptation of King Lear, in 2010 which was directed by Suman Mukhopadhyay, and performed to full home for days.

He wrote poetry, performs, essays and he additionally painted — exhibiting for the primary time seven years in the past.

He additionally featured in commercials for a number of merchandise and he was nonetheless a celeb at 85, a member of each family in Bengal.

Certainly one of Soumitra Chatterjee’s biggest loves was reciting poetry. A number of traces from a poem titled “Some Day” went like this: “Some days, reminiscences grow to be actual. Recollections flip into fact.”

Soumitra Chatterjee is now a reminiscence.

In an interview not way back, creator Amitava Akash Nag requested the thespian what dying means to him. He replied: “I do not know. However I do not know the that means of life as nicely. The search continues.”


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