Soumitra Chatterjee, iconic Indian actor, dies of coronavirus complications aged 85

Soumitra Chatterjee, an iconic Indian actor who starred in more than 300 films, has died at the age of 85 following complications connected to coronavirus. 

The actor died on Sunday in Kolkata, India, after being there for more than a month with Covid-19. 

While he later recovered, complications as a result of the virus soon around and it was those that contributed to his death, family confirmed. 

The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, said of his passing: ‘Shri Soumitra Chatterjee’s death is a colossal loss to the world of cinema, cultural life of West Bengal and India.’ 

A commemoration was organised in his memory at Nandan Film Center, to give fans a space to pay their last respects. 

Chatterjee was an accomplished poet, playwright and actor, and had dozens of key roles in the films of Oscar-winning director Satyajit Ray. 

His career spanned six decades, featuring in The World of Apu series, 1964’s Charulata, and 2006’s Footsteps. 

He is still to star in nine films that have completed filming, but are yet to be released. 

In 2011, he was awarded the Dada Saheb Phalke, the highest honour in Indian cinema. 

He is survived by his wife Deepa, and children Poulami Bose and Sougata Chatterjee.

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