Soumitra Chatterjee Dies: Venerated Indian Actor was 85

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Reprinted from Deadline Hollywood by Bruce Haring on November 15, 2020.

Indian actor Soumitra Chatterjee, whose career spanned six decades and more than 300 films, died Sunday in Kolkata from health complications related to Covid-19. He was 85.

A protégé of Oscar-winning director Satyajit Ray, Chatterjee died at Belle Vue Clinic after being there since October 6. He initially tested positive for coronavirus, and complications contributed to his death.

Chatterjee was also an accomplished poet, playwright and theater actor, according to the Indian Express.
He played key roles in 14 of Ray’s films between 1959 and 1990, including the third installment of the acclaimed Apu Trilogy.
He won India’s highest cinema honor, the Dada Saheb Phalke, in 2011. …

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