Tribune press service
Kolkata, November 15th
“’Feluda’ is gone. “Apu” said goodbye. Farewell, Soumitra (Da) Chatterjee, ”West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted after the death of 85-year-old Dadasahed Phalke award winner Soumitra Chatterjee on Sunday afternoon.
While Chatterjee played “Feluda” in both films directed by Satyajit Ray about the fictional detective created by him for his extremely popular detective stories, Chatterjee played “Apu” in only one of three films known as “Apu”. Trilogy ”.
Chatterjee played the great “Apu” in the movie “Apur Sansar”. It was also the first film by Bollywood actress Sharmila Tagore, who played the character of Apu’s wife, Aparna.
Tiger Pataudi, Tagore’s real husband, and Chatterjee were pals. Recently, Chatterjee, while giving an interview, recalled how he and the cricket ace went to a bar in Kolkata in the middle of a test match. Despite the frenzy, the Nawab put in a great performance the next day and showed that he wasn’t called Tiger for nothing.
“Soumitra has rarely missed a test match. He would still be in the stadium if there was a test match. But he didn’t like watching IPL, ”said Samabaran Banerjee, a former national selector who led the West Bengal team for the Ranji Trophy, and who was also a friend of Chatterjee.
In his long film career, Soumitra never played cricket. He did, however, have a memorable performance as a swimming coach in the movie “Kony”.
“He was the last of the Mohicans of the golden age of Bengali films,” said award-winning filmmaker Gulbagar Singh.
Chatterjee was admitted to hospital on October 6 after testing positive for COVID. His condition gradually deteriorated, ultimately resulting in his death on Sunday. By the time he died, his test results for COVID were negative.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who visited the hospital after hearing of Chatterjee’s death, was actively involved in organizing an elaborate final trip for the iconic actor. From the hospital, the body was transported to his residence and from there it was transported to the technician’s studio. Before cremation in Keoratola, the body was held in condition at the Rabindra Sadan Cultural Center for two hours for people to pay their last respects.
Dr Arjun Dasgupta of the West Bengal Doctors Forum, on whether all COVID protocols for the disposal of the iconic actor’s corpses have been accepted, said Chatterjee tested negative before his death and that compliance with the protocol was therefore not necessary.
“Around the world, the protocol for disposing of the bodies of COVID victims was relaxed,” Dasgupta told this reporter.