Soumitra Chatterjee, Bengali celebrity and one among India’s tallest actors, broadly admired for his roles as Apu and Feluda, died on Sunday after combating for his life since October 6, when the 85-year-old was admitted to Belle Vue Clinic right here with signs of COVID-19.
Although he subsequently examined damaging for the virus, the an infection and the extended keep in ICU had severely affected the functioning of his very important organs, notably his central nervous system. His demise was formally introduced by the hospital at 1 / 4 previous midday.
That the actor — who debuted in Satyajit Ray’s Apur Sansar in 1959 and acted in over 300 movies, working till his latest hospitalisation — was very near demise had turn into evident on Deepavali eve when essential care specialist Arindam Kar, who headed the staff of medical doctors attending on him, stated they had been hoping for a miracle.
Whereas the unhappy information was not solely sudden, given his age and the problems he had developed after contracting COVID-19, the formal announcement of his departure numbed Kolkata, his house, and shocked followers throughout the globe. Removed from being somebody who led a retired life at 85, this winner of the Dadasaheb Phalke award was busier in his last years than ever and several other of his movies are nonetheless awaiting launch.
Tributes poured out on Twitter. Whereas President Ram Nath Kovind stated the Indian cinema had misplaced one among its legends, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his condolence message, stated the actor, via his works, had come to embody “Bengali sensibilities, feelings and ethos”.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who rushed to the hospital on studying of the actor’s demise, tweeted: “Feluda isn’t any extra. Apu has stated goodbye. Farewell, Soumitra (Da) Chatterjee. He has been a legend in his lifetime. Worldwide, Indian and Bengali cinema has misplaced an enormous. We are going to miss him dearly. The movie world in Bengal has been orphaned.” The most typical sentiment expressed by followers was that legends like him don’t die — they dwell on.
As actors, Soumitra and Uttam Kumar had been the 2 hottest faces in Bengal — nobody else got here shut. The latter was older by almost a decade however they died 40 years aside — by the way, in the identical hospital. It was additionally at this hospital that Soumitra’s mentor Satyajit Ray obtained his Oscar and spent his last days in 1992.
“[Soumitra] proved himself to be a warrior, combating valiantly until the final. He cooperated with the medical doctors and gave his finest. However future had different plans — and who can struggle future,” one of many medical doctors who had attended on the actor instructed The Hindu. “Nobody else may have fought this lengthy regardless of superior age and the severity of the an infection and a number of co-morbidities.”