A statement released by the hospital where Chatterjee had been admitted for over a month said that the actor died at 12:15 PM today. Before that, his mortal remains would be taken to his house at Golf Green at 2pm and then to the Technicians' Studio in Tollygunge where he spent most of his five-decade-long career shooting. He had later tested negative for the infection but COVID encephalopathy had set in and various other complications surfaced.
The 85-year-old legend debuted in Satyajit Ray's masterpiece "Apur Sansar" or "The World of Apu" and went on to act in 14 the maestro's films.
CM Mamata Banerjee has announced that Soumitra Chatterjee will be performed with full state honours at Keoratala Crematorium.
Soumitra Chatterjee's health condition had worsened in the last couple of days and the doctors said he was not responding at all to treatment.
As actors, Soumitra and Uttam Kumar were the two most popular faces in Bengal - no one else came close.
Odisha Governor Ganeshi Lal and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on November 15 mourned the death of iconic Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee and said that he will always be remembered for his stellar roles.
His last big screen outing was 2019's Sanjhbati. Farewell, Soumitra (Da) Chatterjee. He was also an accomplished playwright and a poet.
In 2012, he received the Dadasaheb Phalke Award. Far from being someone who led a retired life at 85, this victor of the Dadasaheb Phalke award was busier in his final years than ever and several of his films are still awaiting release.
Soumitra Chatterjee's extensive list of awards and honours includes the Padma Bhushan and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Tagore Ratna.
In 1999 Chatterjee was the first Indian film personality to be conferred with the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, France's highest award for artists, and in 2017 was honored with France's highest civilian award, the Chevalier of Legion of Honor, according to the Indian embassy in Paris.