BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: The death of Bengal’s psyche — Soumitra Chatterjee — brought members of Trinamool Congress and Left Front together on Sunday. Soumitra was given gun salute by the state at Keoratala Crematorium. When his mortal remains were being taken to the crematorium from Rabindra Sadan, Left Front leaders Biman Bose, Sujan Chakraborty, Surjya Kanta Mishra also walked with the crowd. And so did the Bengal chief minister.
After Soumitra Chatterjee passed away at 12.15 on Sunday at Belle Vue, Kolkata after 40-day fight with Covid encephalopathy, condolences continued pouring in from the film fraternity and also politicians all through Sunday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted in Hindi, English and Bangla, saying “Shri Soumitra Chatterjee’s death is a colossal loss to the world of cinema, cultural life of West Bengal and India. Through his works, he came to embody Bengali sensibilities, emotions and ethos. Anguished by his demise. Condolences to his family and admirers. Om Shanti.”
Shri Soumitra Chatterjee’s death is a colossal loss to the world of cinema, cultural life of West Bengal and India. Through his works, he came to embody Bengali sensibilities, emotions and ethos. Anguished by his demise. Condolences to his family and admirers. Om Shanti.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 15, 2020
Rahul Gandhi also condoled the death of actor. “It’s sad to hear of the demise of Dadasaheb Phalke awardee Shri Soumitra Chatterjee, an actor par excellence who the nation has revered over the years. My heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and fans.”
It’s sad to hear of the demise of Dadasaheb Phalke awardee Shri Soumitra Chatterjee, an actor par excellence who the nation has revered over the years.
My heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and fans. pic.twitter.com/XsbNmfF5AI
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) November 15, 2020
Deeply pained to learn about the demise of legendary Soumitra Chatterjee ji. An iconic actor, who took Bengali cinema to new heights. In Soumitra Da, Indian silver screen has lost a gem. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and countless followers. Om Shanti Shanti Shanti
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) November 15, 2020
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee addressed the legend as Feluda in her tweet. “Feluda’ is no more. ‘Apu’ said goodbye. Farewell, Soumitra (Da) Chatterjee. He has been a legend in his lifetime. International, Indian and Bengali cinema has lost a giant. We will miss him dearly. The film world in Bengal has been orphaned,” she wrote. In fact, when she was at Belle Vue in the morning on Sunday after hearing the demise of Soumitra, she had said that the state of Bengal is sad. “It is a sad day of Bengal,” Mamata said.
Best known for his films with Satyajit Ray, Soumitra Da was conferred with Legion of Honor, Dadasaheb Phalke Award, Banga Bibhushan, Padma Bhushan & several National Awards. A great loss. Saddened. Condolences to his family, the film fraternity & his admirers across the world 2/2
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) November 15, 2020
Dev, who shared screen with Soumitra in Saanjhbati in 2019, remembered his ‘Chhana dadu — the character he played in the film.
তুমি যেখানেই থেকো ভালো থেকো, তোমাকে খুব মিস করবো ছানা দাদু।
— Dev (@idevadhikari) November 15, 2020
Actor-director Parambrata Chattopadhyay is currently in Himachal Pradesh on work and regrets for not being able to join the last journey of Soumitra. Parambrata had directed Soumitra in Abhijan, a biopic on the legend. Soumitra had shot for the film post-coronavirus.
“Some considered him a teacher, some a guru, and so did I… he was my own, very own ‘Udayan Master’… but beyond it all, he was a dear dear friend! The last one and half years had us grow fond of each other, not as if there weren’t minor disagreements now and then, like the way it happens between friends. But respect and love only grew abundantly,” posted Parambrata.
“A big piece tears away from my existence today, a precious tie severed. Impossible to articulate how it feels to lose a friend who also is a teacher. Won’t even try to tread that path, have been in distant Himachal for the past one month. Can’t be present on his last journey. Guess it’s only befitting of this sorrow, which is to be observed in silence, in serenity, in solitude,” he added.
National Award-winning actor Manoj Bajyapee called Chatterjee’s death as a “tragic loss”.
“Tragic loss!! Rest in peace Sir!! Your contribution to the Indian Cinema will always be remembered and inspire the generations to come !!,” he wrote on Twitter.
Farewell Soumitra Da.I had the honour of playing your wife in La Nuit Bengali n your daughter in 15 Park Avenue.I was with you in Paris and saw the adulation you received at George Pompidou Centre but you were so nonchalant about it that it left me deeply https://t.co/4fQS7NdVFW pic.twitter.com/JEezV23z0k
— Azmi Shabana (@AzmiShabana) November 15, 2020
A legend…an inspiration….🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/MvQCKOHOBy
— Anil Kapoor (@AnilKapoor) November 15, 2020
Director Shiboprosad Mukhopadhyay, who worked with Soumitra in films like Bela Seshe, Posto, Alik Sukh and Bela Shuru, shared a selfie with the legend. He said it is the only selfie with Soumitra.
Our only selfie..taken at home. pic.twitter.com/GtR0DA1izl
— shiboprosad (@shibumukherjee) November 15, 2020
Filmmaker Atanu Ghosh had worked with Soumitra in several films. Be it Angshumaner Chhobi, Rupkotha Noy, and Mayurakhi, Atanu had always considered him as his guide. “He was the light. Now he’ll glow somewhere else. Bright and shining forever,” wrote Atanu. Mayurakhi won the best Bengali film at the 65th National Film Awards.
A great loss for Bangla Cinema; the demise of the legend, Shri Soumitra Chattopadhyay. Rest in peace, you’ll live forever in the hearts and household of Bengal.
— Raj chakrabarty (@iamrajchoco) November 15, 2020
Arpita Chatterjee shot with Soumitra in Anik Dutta’s Borunbabur Bondhu. Arpita said her “best moments with him was while we used to rehearse before shots.”
Shocked and heart broken. My best moments with him was while we used to rehearse before shots. Every second with him around was enriching… loving and considerate – a true father figure. pic.twitter.com/aaDe1RVpWe
— Arpita Chatterjee (@ArpitaCP) November 15, 2020
Actor Ranjit Mallick said he used to observe Soumitra while acting with him. “He used to discuss on a variety of matters on the set. Just listening to him was a great honour,” he said.
Filmmaker Onir said that Chatterjee has enriched lives for decades. “End of an Era for Bengali Cinema. There are too many performances of this amazing artists that has enriched our lives for decades to mention a few. World Cinema will celebrate this beautiful man & his art for eternity. Rest in peace. You r Loved and Cherished. #SoumitraChatterjee,” tweeted Onir.
End of an Era for Bengali Cinema.There are too many performances of this amazing artists that has enriched our lives for decades to mention a few. World Cinema will celebrate this beautiful man & his art for eternity. Rest in peace. You r Loved and Cherished. #SoumitraChatterjee pic.twitter.com/SE2Z506k6i
— অনির Onir اونیر ओनिर (@IamOnir) November 15, 2020
Abir Chatterjee, who had also stepped into the shoes of Feluda, wrote, “The legend says goodbye…We will miss you..Cinema will miss you..”
Jeet called Soumitra the king of Bangla cinema.
Demise of the legend, the King Of Bangla cinema Soumitra chatterjee. It’s end of an Era. He will always remain in our hearts through his immense body of work. Had a fantastic bonding with him. Will miss you!!! #Restinpeacelegend. 🙏 pic.twitter.com/P30wDrq6To
— Jeet (@jeet30) November 15, 2020
Actor Rahul Bose said that he grew up watching his films day after day.
“So working with him in #15ParkAvenue was surreal. He answered all my questions on how it was to work with #SatyajitRay with generosity and warmth. It’s been a privilege, Soumitrada. Rest in peace,” he wrote.
I grew up watching his films day after day. So working with him in #15ParkAvenue was surreal. He answered all my questions on how it was to work with #SatyajitRay with generosity and warmth. It’s been a privilege, Soumitrada. Rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/cZsjAxsSEC
— Rahul Bose (@RahulBose1) November 15, 2020