Beginning as a radio announcer, Soumitra became a legend in Bengali cinema - Newztezz Online


Sunday, November 15, 2020

Beginning as a radio announcer, Soumitra became a legend in Bengali cinema

 : January 19, 1935. Soumitra Chatterjee was born in Krishnanagar, Nadia. From the time of his grandfather, the members of Chattopadhyay family started living in Krishnanagar.

Soumitra's cousin Tara Devi was married to Calcutta High Court Judge Ramaprasad Mukherjee, the eldest son of 'Sir' Ashutosh Mukherjee. Soumitra's father practiced law in the Calcutta High Court and came home every weekend.

Soumitra studied at St. John's School in Krishnanagar till the fifth standard. Later, Soumitra's school was also changed and he completed his schooling from Howrah District School. After passing ISC and later BA Honors (Bangla) from Calcutta City College, he studied MA for two years.

Soumitra Chatterjee's first work was in Satyajit Ray's Apur Sansar. The film was made in 1959. Before that, Soumitra Chatterjee was a radio announcer and performed on stage. Gradually he became Satyajit Ray's favorite actor. He has acted in most of Ray's films. Ray took him to act in a total of 14 films. He has played the role of Feluda in two films, Sonar Kella and Joy Baba Felunath, directed by Satyajit Ray.

Apart from Satyajit Ray, he has acted in films of many famous directors including Mrinal Sen, Tapan Singh, Ajay Kar, Tarun Majumder, Rituparno Ghosh, Gautam Ghosh. In contrast, Suchitra Sen, Savitri Chattopadhyay, Madhavi Chakraborty, Sharmila Tagore, Aparna Sen, Sumitra Mukherjee, Wahida Rahman Tanuja and other prominent actresses have played the lead roles. He has acted with Uttam Kumar in several films. Among those pictures are Jhind's captive, wife, stranger, if I know.

Among his notable paintings are: Saat Pake Bandha, Charulata, Akashkusum, Koni, Ganadevata, Sansara Simante, Aranya day and night Ashani Sanketa Tin Bhubaner Pare etc.

In addition to movies, he has acted in many drama journeys and TV series. Apart from acting, he has written plays and poems and directed plays. His directed plays include Fera, Naam Jeevan, Nilkantha, Rajkumar. He is also a very high quality reciter.

He received the Padma Bhushan in 2004 and Dadasaheb Phalke in 2012. In 2016, the French government gave him the Legion of Honor.

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