Soumitra Chatterjee

Soumitra Chatterjee
Soumitra Chatterjee inaugurating a Puja at Behala in 2013
Born (1935-01-19) 19 January 1935
Mirjapur Street, Calcutta. Bengal Presidency, British India
(now in West Bengal, India)
Occupation Actor, Recitator, Poet, Painter, Thespian
Years active 1959 – present
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Spouse(s) Deepa Chatterjee (1960-present)
Awards Legion of Honour (2017)

X ; born 19 January 1935) is an Indian film and stage actor and poet. He is best known for his collaborations with Oscar-winning film director Satyajit Ray, with whom he worked in fourteen films, and his constant comparison with the Bengali cinema screen idol Uttam Kumar, his contemporary leading man of the 1960s and 1970s. X is also the first Indian film personality to be conferred with the Commandeur de l’ Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, France's highest award for artists. He is also the winner of the Dadasaheb Phalke Award which is India's highest award for cinema. Not only that, in 2017 exactly thirty years after auteur Satyajit Ray was honoured with France's highest civilian award, the coveted Legion of Honor, thespian Soumitra Chatterjee, arguably, the most prominent face of Ray's films, is set to receive the prestigious award.[1][2] Starting with his debut film, Apur Sansar (The World of Apu, 1959), the third part of Apu Trilogy, he went on to work in several notable films with Ray, including Abhijan (The Expedition, 1962), Charulata (The Lonely Wife, 1964), Aranyer Din Ratri (Days and Nights in the Forest, 1969); Ashani Sanket (Distant Thunder, 1973); Sonar Kella (The Fortress, 1974) as Feluda and Joi Baba Felunath (The Elephant God, 1978) as Feluda, Ghare Baire (The Home and The World, 1984) and Ganashatru (Enemy of the People, 1989). Meanwhile, he also worked with other noted directors of Bengali cinema, with Mrinal Sen in Akash Kusum (Up in the Clouds, 1965), Tapan Sinha in Kshudhita Pashan (Hungry Stones, 1960), Jhinder Bandi (1961), Asit Sen in Swaralipi (1961), Ajoy Kar in Saat Pake Bandha (1963), Parineeta (1969), and Tarun Mazumdar in Sansar Simante (1975) and Ganadevata (1978). He acted more than 210 films in his career till 2016. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan by the Government of India in 2004.[3] In 2012, he received the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, India's highest award in cinema given by the government of India for lifetime achievement. He has won two National Film Awards as an actor, and as an actor in Bengali theatre, he received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1998, given by the Sangeet Natak Akademi, India's National Academy of Music, Dance and Drama. In 2013, IBN LIVE named him as one of "The men who changed the face of the Indian Cinema".[4] In 2014, he received the introductory Filmfare Awards East for Best Male Actor (Critics) for his role in Rupkatha Noy. He won 7 Filmfare Awards.

Early life and background

Soumitra was born in Mirjapur Street, a locality in Calcutta of West Bengal, in 1935. The first ten years of his early life past in Krishnanagar in the district of Nadia in West Bengal, the town under the influence of playwright Dwijendralal Ray, also from Krishnanagar, had a flourishing theatre culture, with numerous small theatre groups. His grandfather was the president of one such group, while his father though lawyer by profession, later a government worker and also worked as an amateur actor. He started acting in school plays. Encouraged by the praise he received for his acting, gradually his interest in theatre grew with passing years, thus in late school years, he was taking acting seriously.[5] He was a very close friend of famous theatre personality, Mrityunjay Sil who is often regarded as the person due to which Soumitra is a star.[6] Soumitra and his family moved to Howrah where he studied in the Howrah Zilla School and Calcutta during his early years. Soumitra graduated from the City College, Kolkata with honours in Bengali literature, as a graduating student of the University of Calcutta.[6] He has lived for a number of years in Calcutta in Satyajit Ray's old apartment 3-lake temple road. He studied for his M.A. in Bengali from the University of Calcutta. While still a student, he learnt acting under noted actor-director of Bengali theatre Ahindra Choudhury.[6] However a turning point came when in the final year of college he saw a play by Sisir Bhaduri, theatre director and the doyen of Bengali theatre. The play not only set a standard for acting for him, but also help makeup his mind to become an actor. He managed to meet Bhaduri, through his friend's mother, actress Shefalika Putul. Though, he met Bhaduri, towards the end of his career, when his theatre had closed, nevertheless over the next three years, till Bhaduri's death in 1959, Chatterjee made him a mentor, and learnt the craft of acting through their regular interactions.[5][7][8] He even appeared in a small role in one of Bhaduri's productions. [9][10] Subsequently, he started his career working in All India Radio as an announcer,[9] while he was still there he started pursuing a career in films. He came in touch with Ray during the casting for Aparajito (1956), who was looking for new faces. Ray thought he had the right look, however found him, age 20, and just out of college, too old for the role of adolescent Apu. Ray remembered him and offered him the role of adult Apu two years later. [11][12][9] Meanwhile, he was rejected in his screen test for Bengali film, Nilachale Mahaprabhu (1957) directed by Kartik Chattopadhyay.[8]

Work with Satyajit Ray: 1959–1990

Chatterjee had gone on the sets of Ray's fourth film, Jalsaghar (1958) to watch the shoot. He was still unaware that he had already been selected for the title role of Apu trilogy. That day, while he was leaving the sets, Ray called him over and introduced him to actor Chhabi Biswas as "..This is Soumitra Chattopadhyay; he's playing Apu in my next film Apur Sansar" leaving him much surprised.[13] Despite being selected, as a debutant actor, Chatterjee was nevertheless unsure for his career choice and especially his looks, as he didn't consider himself photogenic. However, on 9 August 1958, when the first shot of the film was given an okay in one take, he realized he had found his vocation.[8] Thus Soumitra's film debut came in 1959 in Satyajit Ray's The World of Apu (Apur Sansar). In fact Ray believed with a beard Chatterjee looked like young poet laureate Tagore.[14] Soumitra would eventually collaborate with Ray on fourteen films. His centrality to Ray's work is akin to other key collaborations in the history of cinema — Mifune and Kurosawa, Mastroianni and Fellini, De Niro and Scorsese, DiCaprio and Scorsese, Max von Sydow and Ingmar Bergman, Jerzy Stuhr and Kieślowski.[15] After Apur Sansar, he also worked with Sharmila Tagore in a number of Ray films, apart from working with leading star actor of the period, Uttam Kumar with whom he has often been compared, in eight films.[16][17] Chatterjee was cast in diverse roles by Ray and some of the stories and screenplays that Ray wrote were said to be written with him in mind. Soumitra featured as Feluda/Pradosh Chandra Mitter, the famous private investigator from Calcutta in Ray's Feluda series of books, in two films in the 1970s Sonar Kella (1974) and Joi Baba Felunath (1979). These two films were the first film series made for Feluda and are considered as the Feluda original film series. He was the first person who portrayed the iconic Bengali sleuth Feluda. Satyajit Ray made some illustrations of Feluda based on Soumitra's body figure and look in the 1970s Feluda books. After him Sabyasachi Chakrabarty took the role of the iconic Bengali hero Feluda in the mid-1990s. Ghare Baire (1984), an adaptation of Rabindranath Tagore's novel of the same name and one of Ray's major ventures of the 1980s, featured Chatterjee in a leading role in the character of a radical revolutionary in a love triangle with his friend's wife. These roles showcased Chatterjee's versatility in playing diverse characters, especially in an urban setting. In Shakha Proshakha (1990), Ray's second last film, Chatterjee turns out a moving performance in the role of a mentally handicapped son of an aging patriarch on his deathbed and the only source of his father's solace, as his siblings squabble. Soumitra had approached Satyajit Ray to suggest a name for a little magazine founded by Soumitra and Nirmalya Acharya in 1961. Satyajit Ray had named the magazine Ekkhon (Now), he designed the inaugural cover page and illustrated the cover pages regularly even after Soumitra had stopped editing the magazine. Nirmalya continued editing the magazine, and several of Ray's scripts were published in the magazine. [18]

Other works

Besides working with Ray, Soumitra excelled in collaborations with other well-known Bengali directors such as Mrinal Sen and Tapan Sinha. He earned critical acclaim for his role of an impostor in Mrinal Sen's Akash Kusum (1965). He was equally confident in playing the swashbuckling horse-riding villain in Tapan Sinha's Jhinder Bandi (1961) giving the legendary Uttam Kumar a tough challenge. In Teen Bhubaner Pare (1969), he again shared the screen with the Tanuja, and his flamboyant and peppy way of romance. Besides films, Chatterjee has continued acting in Kolkata-based Bengali theatre, and even published over 12 poetry books.[19] Entering the 1980s and 1990s, he started working with contemporary directors, like Goutam Ghose, Aparna Sen, Anjan Das and Rituparno Ghosh, and even acted on television. In 1986, he played the role of a swimming coach in film Kony (1986) directed by Saroj Dey, who was part of the film collective Agragami. The film is about a young girl from a slum, who wants to become a swimmer.[17] At the 32nd National Film Awards, the film won the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment .[20] Later in a 2012 interview, he called Kony one of the best films of his career. He even recalled using film's catch-phrase "Fight-Koni-fight" in hard times, as a chant to himself to lift his "aging spirits". The phrase had become popular with middle-class Bengalis at the time.[17]

Theatre

He replaced Mrityunjay Sil as the lead artist in 1958. Mrityunjay Sil was at the peak of his theatre career at that time. But due to personal issues he suggested his friend, Soumitra's name. Mrityunjay Sil is often credited to be one of the few people to have helped Soumitra.[6] But he soon left his job. After a two-decade long busy career as a leading man of Bengali cinema, he returned to theatre in 1978, with his production Naam Jiban, staged at Biswarupa Theatre in Kolkata. This led to other plays like Rajkumar (1982), Phera (1987), Nilkantha (1988), Ghatak Biday (1990) and Nyaymurti (1996), beside notable plays like Tiktiki (1995), an adaptation of Sleuth and Homapakhi (2006). Besides acting, he has written and directed several plays, translated a few and also branched out to poetry reading in recent decades.[6] Since November 2010, he has been regularly performing in the title role of the play Raja Lear directed by Suman Mukhopadhyay, a play based on King Lear by William Shakespeare.[17] Soumitra has received widespread critical and popular accolades for his acting in the play. Soumitra Chatterjee is also well known for his poetry recitation. Recitation is something that was imbibed in him since childhood by his Parents. One such popular recitation of his is "Shesher Kobita" by Rabindranath Tagore.

Awards and recognitions

Soumitra has received the 'Officier des Arts et Metiers', the highest award for arts given by the French government, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from Italy. He turned down the honorary Padma Shri award from the Indian government in the 1970s ; in 2004, he accepted the prestigious Padma Bhushan award from the President of India.[21] He has been the subject of a full-length documentary named Gaach by French film director Catherine Berge. In 1998, he was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award given by the Sangeet Natak Akademi, India's National Academy of Music, Dance & Drama.[22] Incidentally, besides getting 8 times BFJA - Best Actor Awards[23] and international recognition for his acting prowess, Chatterjee never won a National Film Award for acting in the early part of his career, which established his reputation as an actor, working with directors like Satyajit Ray, Tapan Sinha or Mirinal. Thus, over the years, he has been vocal about his feelings of disappointment and alleging bias in the National Film Awards committee's towards awarding popular and mainstream cinema.[5][7] Thus, in a gesture of protest against, he turned down the 2001 Special Jury Award for Dekha directed by Goutam Ghose. Later in an interview he stated "..the National Film Awards, overlooked my performances in several powerful roles...When I did Kony, Shashi Kapoor was adjudged the best actor. Anil Kapoor was feted (Best Actor) for Pukar while Dekha was awarded a 'consolation' prize".[7][24] However, after receiving the Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian honour given by Government of India in 2004, he changed his viewpoint towards awards, and stated "Now (after Padma Bhushan) I feel I don't have the right to hurt my viewers by rejecting an award."[7] A few years later, on 9 June 2008, he was awarded the 2007 National Film Award for Best Actor for Podokkhep (Footsteps) (2006),[25] which he accepted though stating "after decades of acting, I do not attach too much value to it".[26]
In 2010, he won Best Supporting Actor at 54th Asia-Pacific Film Festival for his role in Angshumaner Chhobi (2009).[27] In 2012, he was awarded the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, India's highest award in cinema given annually by the Government of India for lifetime contribution to Indian cinema.[16][19] In 2014, he received the introductory Filmfare Awards East for Best Male Actor (Critics) for his role in Rupkatha Noy.[28] & also he won Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award – South (1994)[29] Actor Soumitra Chatterjee, 82, will be honoured with France’s highest civilian award, Legion of Honor. The award will be presented to the Kolkata-based actor by the Ambassador of France to India Alexandre Ziegler. Talking about the honour, Chatterjee said, “At this age, awards do not hold a great attraction. But I should say this award is slightly special as it comes from a country that is known for its cultural richness and artistic excellence.

Civilian Award

* 2004 – Padma Bhushan by the Government of India * 2012 – Sangeet Natak Akademi Tagore Ratna * 2017 – Legion d'Honneur[1][2] by the Government of France *  Commandeur de l' Ordre des Arts et des Lettres[2] by France

National Film Awards

* 1991: National Film Award – Special Jury Award: Antardhan * 2000: National Film Award – Special Jury Award: Dekha * 2007 – National Film Award for Best Actor for Podokkhep * 2012 – Dadasaheb Phalke Award ;Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards *B.F.J.A Best Actor Award for Teen Kanya (1961) *B.F.J.A Best Actor Award for Abhijan (1963) *B.F.J.A Best Actor Award for Baghini (1969) *B.F.J.A Best Actor Award for Ashani Sanket (1974) *B.F.J.A Best Actor Award for Sansar Simanthey (1976) *B.F.J.A Best Actor Award for Kony (1987) *B.F.J.A Best Actor Award for Agnisanket (1989) *B.F.J.A Best Actor Award for Krantikaal (2006)

Filmfare Awards

* Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award – South (1994) * Filmfare Awards East – Best Male Actor (Critics) for Rupkatha Noy (2013) * Filmfare Awards East – Best Male Actor (Critics) for Mayurakshi (2017)

Filmography

{| class="wikitable sortable" |- !No !Year !Movie !Role !Director !Co-stars !Music Director !Banner |- |1 || 1959 || Apur Sansar || Apurba Kumar Ray || Satyajit Ray || Sharmila Tagore, Alok Chakraborty, Dhiresh Majumdar || Ravi Shankar || Satyajit Ray Productions |- |2 || 1960 || Devi || Umaprasad || Satyajit Ray || Sharmila Tagore, Chhabi Biswas || Ali Akbar Khan || Satyajit Ray Productions |- |3 || 1960 || Kshudhita Pashan || || Tapan Sinha || Arundhati Debi, Chhabi Biswas || Ali Akbar Khan || Eastern Circuit Pvt. Ltd |- |4 || 1961 || Teen Kanya || Amulya || Satyajit Ray || Aparna Sen, Santosh Dutta || Satyajit Ray || Satyajit Ray Productions |- |5 || 1961 || Jhinder Bandi || Mayurbahan || Tapan Sinha || Uttam Kumar, Arundhati Debi || Ali Akbar Khan || B.N.Ray Productions |- |6 || 1961 || Punascha || || Mrinal Sen || Kanika Majumdar, Kali Bandopadhyay || Samaresh Ray || Mrinal Sen Productions |- |7 || 1961 || Swayambara || || Asit Sen || Supriya Debi, Dilip Mukhopadhyay || Ravi Shankar || United Films |- |8 || 1961 || Swaralipi || || Asit Sen || Supriya Debi, Anil Chattopadhyay || Hemanta Mukherjee || Janata Pictures & Theatres Ltd |- |9 || 1962 || Abhijan || Narsingh || Satyajit Ray|| Waheeda Rehman, Ruma Guha Thakurta, Rabi Ghosh || Satyajit Ray || Abhiyatrik |- |10 || 1962 || Atal Jaler Ahwan || Jayanta Choudhury || Ajoy Kar || Bhanu Bannerjee, Ranjana Bannerjee, Chhabi Biswas, Aparna Devi, Chhaya Devi, Jahar Roy || Hemanta Mukherjee || R. D. Bansal And Co. |- |11 || 1962 || Banarasi || || Arup Guhathakurta || Anup Kumar, Ruma Guha Thakurta, Tarun Kumar, Tulsi Chakraborty, Shyam Laha || Ali Akbar Khan || Filmcraft Pvt. Ltd |- |12 || 1963 || Saat Pake Badha || Professor Sukhendu Dutta || Ajoy Kar || Suchitra Sen, Pahari Sanyal, Chhaya Debi || Hemanta Mukherjee || R. D. Bansal And Co. |- |13 || 1963 || Barnali || || Ajoy Kar || Pahari Sanyal, Sharmila Tagore, Chhaya Debi, Haradhan Bandopadhyay|| Kalipada Sen || D. R. Productions |- |14 || 1964 ||Charulata || Amal ||Satyajit Ray || Madhabi Mukherjee || Satyajit Ray || R.D.Bansal & Co. |- |15 || 1964 || Kinu Gowalar Goli || || O. C. Gangopadhyay || Jahor Roy, Pahari Sanyal, Sharmila Tagore, Kali Bandyopadhyay, Gita Dey, Ruma Guha Thakurta || Salil Chowdhury || K. G. Productions |- |16 || 1964 || Pratinidhi || Amal || Mrinal Sen || Anup Kumar, Jahar Roy, Sabitri Chattopadhyay, Kali Chakraborty, Prosenjit Chatterjee || Hemanta Mukherjee || Elora Productions |- |17 || 1965 || Ektuku Basa|| || Tarun Majumdar || Anup Kumar, Bhanu Bandyopadhyay, Jahar Roy, Pahari Sanyal, Rabi Ghosh, Ajit Chattopadhyay, Gita Dey || Hemanta Mukherjee || Chitradip |- |18 || 1965 || Kapurush || Amitabha Roy || Satyajit Ray || Madhabi Mukherjee, Haradhan Bandopadhyay || Satyajit Ray || R. D. Bansal And Co. |- |19 || 1965 || Kanch Kata Hire || || Ajoy Kar || Jahor Roy, Lily Chakraborty, Bikash Roy, Subhendu Chatterjee, Chhaya Debi || Hemanta Mukherjee, || R. D. Bansal And Co. |- |20 || 1965 || Akash Kusum || Ajay Sarkar || Mrinal Sen || Aparna Sen, Subhendu Chatterjee, Haradhan Bandopadhyay || Sudhin Dasgupta || Purbachal Films |- |21 || 1966 || Monihar || || Salil Sen || Biswajit Chatterjee, Jahor Roy, Pahari Sanyal, Rabi Ghosh, Sandhya Roy, Bikash Roy, Chhaya Debi, Bharati Debi || Hemanta Mukherjee || Sree Arup Productions |- |22 || 1966 || Joradighir Chowdhury Paribar || || Ajit Lahiri || Madhabi Mukherjee, Bhanu Bandyopadhyay, Tarun Kumar, Bikash Roy, Dilip Ray, Kali Bandyopadhyay, Ruma Guha Thakurta || Kalipada Sen || Shadow Productions |- |23 || 1967 || Hathat Dekha || || Nityananda Dutta || Anup Kumar, Bhanu Bandopadhyay, Jahor Roy, Pahari Sanyal, Sandhya Roy || Shyamal Mitra || Sree Rajesh Productions |- |24 || 1967 || Prastar Swakshar || || Salil Dutta || Anup Kumar, Bhanu Bandyopadhyay, Jahor Roy, Tarun Kumar, Sandhya Roy, Bikash Roy, Gita Dey || Robin Chatterjee || Chhayachhabi Pratisthan |- |25 || 1967 || Mahashweta || || Pinaki Mukherjee || Anil Chatterjee, Jahor Roy, Utpal Dutta, Anjana Bhowmik, Chhaya Debi, Gita Dey || Rajen Sarkar || B. K. Productions |- |26 || 1968 || Baghini || || Bijoy Bose || Bhanu Bandyopadhyay, Jahor Roy, Rabi Ghosh, Tarun Kumar, Rakhee, Sandhya Roy, Bikash Roy, Chhaya Debi, Ruma Guha Thakurta || Hemanta Mukherjee || S. M. Films |- |27 || 1969 || Parineeta || Shekhar || Ajoy Kar || Moushumi Chatterjee, Bikash Roy, Chhaya Debi, Gita Dey || Hemanta Mukherjee || Chitralipi Films |- |28 || 1969 || Teen Bhubaner Porey || || Ashutosh Bandyopadhyay || Rabi Ghosh, Tarun Kumar, Tanuja, Chinmoy Roy, Padma Devi, Aparna Debi || Sudhin Dasgupta || Satirtha Productions |- |29 || 1970 || Aranyer Din Ratri || Ashim Chatterjee || Satyajit Ray || Sharmila Tagore, Aparna Sen || Satyajit Ray || Priya Films |- |30 || 1970 || Aleyar Alo || || Mangal Chakraborty || Anup Kumar, Bhanu Bandyopadhyay, Kali Bandyopadhyay || Gopen Mullick || Unit Productions Of India |- |31 || 1970 || Padmagolap || || Ajit Lahiri || Aparna Sen, Anup Kumar || Shyamal Mitra || S. B. P. Production |- |32 || 1970 || Baksho Bodol || Dr.Pratul Bhattacharjee || Nityananda Dutta || Aparna Sen || Satyajit Ray || D. M. Productions |- |33 || 1971 || Malyadaan || || Ajoy Kar || Bhanu Bandyopadhyay, Bikash Roy, Sabitri Chattopadhyay, Gita Dey || Hemanta Mukherjee || Chitralipi Films |- |34 || 1971 || Khuje Berai || || Salil Dutta || Aparna Sen, Anil Chatterjee, Tarun Kumar, Utpal Dutta, Bikash Roy || Robin Chatterjee || Geetali Pictures |- |35 || 1972 || Aparna || || Salil Dutta || Tanuja || Robin Chatterjee || Sircar Productions P Ltd. |- |36 || 1972 || Stree || Sitapati || Salil Dutta || Uttam Kumar, Bhanu Bandyopadhyay, Tarun Kumar, Subrata Chattopadhyay, Jahor Roy || Nachiketa Ghosh || Baby June Productions |- |37 || 1973 || Nishi Kanya || || Ashutosh Bandyopadhyay || Bhanu Bandyopadhyay, Tarun Kumar, Dilip Ray, Nirmal Ghosh, Ruma Guha Thakurta || Sudhin Dasgupta || Satarupa Pictures |- |38 || 1973 || Basanta Bilap || || Dinen Gupta || Aparna Sen, Anup Kumar, Rabi Ghosh, Tarun Kumar, Chinmoy Roy, Tapen Chatterjee || Sudhin Dasgupta || Sonali Productions |- |39 || 1973 || Natun Diner Alo|| || Ajit Gangopadhyay || Anup Kumar, Bikash Roy, Chinmoy Roy || Nachiketa Ghosh || Badal Pictures |- |40 || 1973 || Ashani Sanket || Gangacharan Chakravarti || Satyajit Ray || Babita, Sandhya Roy || Satyajit Ray || Balaka Movies Pvt Ltd |- |41 || 1973 || Agnibhramar || || Ajit Gangopadhyay || Utpal Dutta, Pahari Sanyal || || |- |42 || 1974 || Jodi Jantem || || Yatrik || Supriya Choudhury, Uttam Kumar, Tarun Kumar, Ruma Guha Thakurta, Haradhan Bandopadhyay || Himangshu Biswas || Chitrajug |- |43 || 1974 || Sangini || || Dinen Gupta || Anup Kumar, Haradhan Bandopadhyay, Jahor Roy, Rabi Ghosh, Chinmoy Roy, Kali Bandyopadhyay, Tapen Chatterjee || Sudhin Dasgupta || Sonali Productions |- |44 || 1974 || Sonar Kella || Pradosh C. Mitra / Feluda (Private Investigator) || Satyajit Ray || Santosh Dutta, Haradhan Bandopadhyay, Kamu Mukherjee, Ajoy Bandyoadhyay, Kushal Chakraborty, Sailen Mukherjee || Satyajit Ray || Indrapuri Studio Ltd. |- |45 || 1974 || Asati || || Salil Dutta || Aparna Sen, Utpal Dutta, Haradhan Bandopadhyay || Nachiketa Ghosh || Gitali Pictures |- |46 || 1975 || Chhutir Phande || || Salil Sen || Aparna Sen, Jahor Roy, Rabi Ghosh, Tarun Kumar, Utpal Dutta, Chinmoy Roy || Nachiketa Ghosh || Janhavi Chitram |- |47 || 1975 || Sansar Simantey || || Tarun Majumdar || Utpal Dutta, Santu Mukhopadhyay || Hemanta Mukherjee || |- |48 || 1975 || Nishimrigaya || || Dinen Gupta || Aparna Sen, Utpal Dutta || Hemanta Mukherjee || Sanchita Productions |- |49 || 1978 || Ganadevata || Debu Pandit || Tarun Majumdar || Kali Banerjee, Sandhya Roy, Tapen Chatterjee, Samit Bhanja || Hemanta Mukherjee || Department of Information and Cultural Affairs, Government of West Bengal |- |50 || 1979 || Devdas || Devdas || Dilip Roy || Uttam Kumar, Sumitra Mukherjee, Supriya Choudhury || || S.S.Productions |- |51 || 1979 || Joi Baba Felunath || Pradosh C. Mitra / Feluda (Private Investigator) || Satyajit Ray || Santosh Dutta, Haradhan Bandopadhyay, Utpal Dutt, Siddartha Chatterjee, Biplab Chatterjee || Satyajit Ray || R.D.B. Productions |- |52 || 1980 || Hirak Rajar Deshe || Udayan Pandit || Satyajit Ray || Tapen Chatterjee, Rabi Ghosh, Utpal Dutt, Santosh Dutta, Kamu Mukherjee || Government of West Bengal |- |53 || 1981 || Pratisodh || Sanatan || Sukhen Das || Uttam Kumar, Sabitri Chatterjee, Sukhen Das, Mahua Roychoudhury, Shakuntala Barua, Anup Kumar, Subhendu Chatterjee, Bhanu Bandopadhyay, Rabi Ghosh, Gyanesh Mukherjee || Ajoy Das || Ratna Film |- |54 || 1984 || Ghare Baire || Sandip Mukherjee || Satyajit Ray || Victor Banerjee, Swatilekha Sengupta || Satyajit Ray || NFDC |- |55 || 1986 || Kony || Khitish Sinha || Saroj Dey || Sriparna Banerjee, Snigdha Banerjee || Chinmay Chattopadhyay || |- |56 || 1986 || Atanka|| school master ||Tapan Sinha||Prosenjit Chatterjee, Satabdi Roy||Tapan Sinha|| |- |57 || 1989 || Ganashatru || Dr. Ashok Gupta || Satyajit Ray || Ruma Guha Thakurta, Mamata Shankar, Dhritiman Chatterjee, Deepankar De, Manoj Mitra || Satyajit Ray || NFDC |- |58 || 1989 || Ghurghutiyar Ghotona || Feluda || Bibhash Chakraborty || || || A TV film made for DD Bangla |- |59 || 1990 || Golokdham Rahasya || Feluda || Bibhash Chakraborty || || || A TV film made for DD Bangla |- |60 || 1990 || Shakha Proshakha || Proshanto || Satyajit Ray || Ajit Bannerjee, Haradhan Bannerjee, Deepankar Dey, Ranjit Mallick, Mamata Shankar || Satyajit Ray || Satyajit Ray Productions, Gérard Depardieu (D. D. Productions), Daniel Toscan Du Plantier (Erato Films) and Soprofilms |- |61 || 1994 || The Broken Journey || Dr. Sengupta || Sandip Ray || Lily Chakravarty, Debatosh Ghosh, Sadhu Meher, Suvalakshmi || Sandip Ray || Doordarshan, Filmopolis, NFDC |- |62 || 1995 || Kakababu Here Gelen? || Asit Dhar || Pinaki Chaudhuri || Sabyasachi Chakrabarty, Arghya Chakraborty, Kushal Chakraborty || || NFDC |- |63 || 1996 || Lathi || || Prabhat Roy || Prosenjit Chatterjee, Rituparna Sengupta, Abhishek Chatterjee, Biplab Chatterjee, Dulal Lahiri || Bappi Lahiri || |- |64 || 1998 || Baba Keno Chakar || || Swapan Saha || Abdur Razzak, Prosenjit Chatterjee, Abhishek Chatterjee || Alauddin Ali || Anjali Films |- |65 || 1999 || Asukh || Sudhamoy/Rohini's Father || Rituparno Ghosh || Debashree Roy, Gouri Ghosh, Shankar Chakraborty || || Suresh Productions |- |66 || 1999 || Satyajiter Gappo-Ambar Sen Antardhan Rahashya || Ambar Sen || Sandip Ray || Sabyasachi Chakrabarty, Bibhu Bhattacharya, Saswata Chatterjee || Sandip Ray || Shubho Raj Arts |- |67 || 2001 || Guru Shisya || Shankar Maharaj || Swapan Saha || Prosenjit Chatterjee, Rituparna Sengupta || Babul Bose || Silver Vally Communications Ltd. |- |68 || 2004 || Shadows of Time || Old Ravi || Florian Gallenberger || Prashant Narayanan, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Irrfan Khan, Tillotama Shome || Gert Wilden Jr. || BAVARIA FILM INTERNATIONAL"Krantikaal"|| Sekhar Das|| Roopa Ganguly, Shilaji||National Award for best Bengali Film. |- |69 || 2006 || MLA Fatakeshto || || Swapan Saha || Mithun Chakraborty, Debashree Roy, Koel Mallick || Jeet Gannguli || Shree Venkatesh Films |- |70 || 2006 || Podokkhep || || Suman Ghosh || Nandita Das || -- || -- |- |71 || 2007 || Minister Fatakeshto || Chief Minister || Swapan Saha || Mithun Chakraborty, Debashree Roy, Koel Mallick || Jeet Gannguli || Shree Venkatesh Films |- |72 || 2008 || 10:10 || Don Durgaprasad || Arin Paul || Soumitra Chatterjee, Kanchan Mullick, Claudia Ciesla, Subrat Dutta, Aparajita Ghosh Das, Abir Chatterjee || || Morpheus Media Ventures |- |73 |2009 |Angshumaner Chhobi |Pradyut || Atanu Ghosh | Indraneil Sengupta, Indrani Halder, Tota Roy Chowdhury, Ananya Chatterjee |Rocket Mondol | T. Sarkar Productions |- |74 |2009 |Dwando (Based on Decalogue II || By Krzysztof Kieslowski) |Dr. Mukherjee |Suman Ghosh |Ananya Chatterjee, Kaushik Sen, Samrat Chakrabarti |Mayookh Bhaumik |- |75 || 2011 || The Forlorn (Short) || || Saptaswa Basu || Saswata Chatterjee || || Neo Studios |- |76 |2012 |Life in Park Street |Niladri |Raj Mukherjee |Debashree Roy, Shankar Chakraborty, Rajesh Sharma | | |- |77 |2012 |Paanch Adhyay |Hrishi-da |Pratim D. Gupta |Priyanshu Chatterjee, Dia Mirza |Shantanu Moitra | |- |78 |2012 |Hemlock Society |Cornell |Srijit Mukherji |Parambrata Chattopadhyay, Koel Mullick |Anupam Roy | |- |79 |2013 |Shunyo Awnko (The Zero Act) |Murphy |Goutam Ghose |Konkona Sen Sharma, Priyanshu Chatterjee, Lolita Chatterjee, Priyanka Bose |Anupam Roy |Rose Valley Films |- |80 |2015 |Bela Seshe |Biswanath Majumdar |Nandita Roy and Shiboprosad Mukherjee |Swatilekha Sengupta, Rituparna Sengupta, Aparajita Auddy, Monami Ghosh, Sohini Sengupta, Shankar Chakraborty, Kharaj Mukherjee, Indrani Dutta, Anindya Chatterjee |Anupam Roy and Anindya Chattopadhyay |Eros International and Piyali Films |- |81 |2015 |Ahalya |Goutam Sadhu |Sujoy Ghosh |Radhika Apte, Tota Roy Chowdhury | | |- |83 |2016 |Sangabora | |Bulan Bhattacharjee | | | |- |84 |2016 |Bastav (Film) |Amitava Rakshit |Shyamal Bose |Saswata Chatterjee, Debolina Dutta, Shyamal Bose, Jinia, Tathagata Mukherjee, Bhaskar Banerjee, Supriya Dutta |Jaynta & Saswata |G D Films |- |85 || 2016 || Romantic Noy (Not Romantic) || Psychiatrist || Rajib Chowdhury || Shaheb Bhattacharya, Partha Sarathi, June Malia, Prianka Sarkar|| || |- |86 || 2016 || Peace Haven || || Suman Ghosh || Arun Mukherjee, Paran Bandopadhyay || Mayookh Bhaumik || Tripod Entertainment |- |87 || 2017 || Posto ||||Nandita Roy
Shiboprosad Mukherjee||Jisshu Sengupta, Mimi Chakraborty, Lily Chakraborty||Anindya Chatterjee
Anupam Roy||Windows Production |- |88 ||2017 || "The Anniversary"|| Moumita Chakraborty
||Rupanjana Mitra||Humaramovies |- |89 ||2017 || Sesh Chithi|| Shibnath||Tanmoy Roy || Lily Chakravarty, Ritobroto Bhattacharya, Moubani Sorcar, Dulal Lahiri Nadu Gopal Mandal ||Sudhir Dutta || D.Sudhir Productions |- |90 ||2017 || Samantaral || Sujan's father||Partha Chakraborty|| Parambrata Chatterjee, Riddhi Sen |||| |- |91 ||2017 || Mayurakshi || Sushovan|| Atanu Ghosh || Prosenjit Chatterjee, Indrani Halder, Sudipta Chakraborty, Gargi Roychowdhury

|| Debojyoti Mishra || Friends Communication

|- |92 || 2017 || Secret Love Story [30] || Aniket || Nadu Gopal Mandal || Santana Basu Nadu Gopal Mandal, Goutam Guru, Mouli, Wrick || Pritam Deb || N.M.Production & Sri Sri Om Narasingha Jue Production |- |93 || 2018 || Boxer (2018 film) || Church Father || Sanjoy Bardhan || Shikhar Srivastava, Ena Saha, Laboni Sarkar, Rajatava Dutta, Sudip Sarkar || Samidh Mukerjee || New Era Entertainment |- |94 |2018 |Kusumitar Gappo |Ratnakar Sen |Hrishikesh Mondal |Ushasie Chakraborty, Shilton Paul, Madhabi Mukhopadhyay, Manasi Sinha, |Surojit Chatterjee | Sidhu |Rahul Film & Tele Production | Chhaya Rani Films |- |95 || 2018 || Jaal (2018 film) || Kader Bhai || Shyamal Bose || Shyamal Bose, Jinia, Supriyo Dutta || Sourav Sonali Chowdhury || Samir Kumar Pandit Production |- |}

Works

  • The Master and I: Soumitra on Satyajit, Soumitra Chatterjee, tr. by Arunava Sinha. Supernova Publishers, 2014. ISBN 8189930729.

Books on Soumitra Chatterjee

  • Beyond Apu - 20 Favourite film roles of Soumitra Chatterjee. Amitava Nag. Harper Collins India, 2016. ISBN 9350298619.[31]
  • "সৌমিত্র" (Soumitra)— edited by Aloke Chattopadhyay and Manas Chakraborty. Latest version is published by Prativas.
  • "Naam Soumitra" by Arunendra Mookherjee in Bengali published in 1995. The book is the first biography of Soumitra Chatterjee in Bengali published by Arkadeep.

See also

References

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