Soumitra Chatterjee was an Indian film actor, director, playwright, writer and poet. He is best known for his collaborations with director Satyajit Ray. He acted in more than 210 films in his career. He died in a car crash in Kolkata on December 17, 2013.
About Soumitra Chatterjee in brief
Soumitra Chatterjee was an Indian film actor, director, playwright, writer and poet. He is best known for his collaborations with director Satyajit Ray, with whom he worked in fourteen films. He acted in more than 210 films in his career. He was the first Indian film personality who was conferred with France’s highest award for artists, Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. He received two National Film Awards as an actor and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his work in theatre. In 2013, IBN Live named him as one of \”The men who changed the face of the Indian Cinema\”. Soumitra was born in Mirjapur Street near Sealdah railway station, in Calcutta in 1935. His grandfather was the president of one such group while his father, though lawyer by profession and later a government worker, also worked as an amateur actor. He also received critical acclaim for his directorial debut Stree Ki Patra which was based on the Bengali short story Streer Patra by Rabindranath Tagore. He lived for a few years in Ray’s old apartment at 3-lake temple road. He studied for his M. A.
in Bengali from the University ofCalcutta. He started his career in All India Radio as an announcer. He came in touch with Ray during the casting for Aajito. Two years later he was rejected in his test for Bengali film, Nilachadrababh, directed by Kartabh Choudhury. He then went on to work in several films with Ray, including Abhijan, Charulata, Aranyer Din Ratri, Ashani Sanket, Sonar Kella and Joi Baba Felunath as Feluda. He even had a small role in one of the regular regular films, Chashma Proshakha. He died in a car crash in Kolkata on December 17, 2013. He leaves behind a wife and two children. He had a son, a daughter and a son-in-law. He has a son and a daughter with actor-director Sisir Bhaduri, who was a mentor to him in his acting career. His daughter is also an actress and a mother-of-two, and has two children of her own. She is the author of a book on Bengali cinema, The Apu Trilogy, published by Penguin Books. She also has a book of Bengali poetry, The Second Apu, about the life of Apu in the Apu trilogy. She has written a novel, The Third Apu.