BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: The health of legendary actor Soumitra Chatterjee has deteriorated and he has been put on ventilator. Bengali’s ever favourite Feluda continues to remain drowsy, very jittery and confused and he is also running temperature. Meanwhile, the doctors are worried with his relapse of prostate cancer, which has aggravated due to COVID-19 and now the infection has spread to his brain and lungs.
An MRI of his brain was done today, which did not say any kind of structural damage. The Padma Bhushan awardee has contracted COVID-19 on October 5, however he was admitted at Belle Vue Hospital Kolkata on October 6. However, his health started deteriorating since October 9 and he was given convalescent plasma therapy twice. His condition improved after plasma therapy, but since Sunday afternoon, his condition got critical.
Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee deputed two government doctors in the 16-member medical board formed to take care of his treatment.
On Saturday, Soumitra’s daughter Poulomi Bose said her father is suffering from COVID encephalopathy.
Soumitra shot for Parambrata Chatterjee’s Bengali film Abhijaan, a biopic on his life post COVID-19 lockdown in Kolkata. In fact, the green signal to shoot in the ‘new normal’ came from the thespian. The shoot of the biopic, which stars Jisshu Sengupta as the younger version of Soumitra, got stalled since March 17 due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. On July 14, the team of Abhijaan resumed their shoot in Kolkata. Apart from Soumitra, Jisshu and Debshankar Haldar were also present at the shoot.
Satyajit Ray’s coveted actor, Soumitra was also shooting for a documentary on his life and works days before he was admitted to the hospital for coronavirus. He even appeared on a singing reality show.
Meanwhile, Soumitra, who enjoys a fan base across age group, are wishing for his speedy recovery. A living legend, the Dadasaheb Phalke Awardee, is known for his incredible contribution to films, theatre. He is also an iconic essayist, playwrite and elocutionist.