Legendary Soumitra Chattopadhyay passes away

    Legendary actor Soumitra Chattopadhyay passed away on Sunday. Photo: Collected

    Dailynewsun News Desk

    After over a month-long battle with COVID-19, Soumitra Chattopadhyay breathed his last on November 15. It was the end of an era.

    The thespian breathed his last on Sunday morning after his condition went to an extremely critical state on November 14 and he was put on life support, reports TOI.

    “He is on different life support systems. It seems that our almost 40 days’ fight is not enough to make him well,” one of the doctors treating him had revealed earlier adding: “His situation is really grave and critical.”

    The 85-year-old has seemingly not responded to any ongoing therapy since Friday and an EEG had shown that there is very little activity in the brain. His kidneys were not functioning as well. 

    The legendary actor, who made his debut in Satyajit Ray’s Apur Sansar in 1959, worked until his hospitalization. He was starred in over 300 films.  

    The official announcement of Soumitra Chattopadhyay departure has anesthetized the city of Kolkata, his home. Far from being someone who leads a retired life at 85, winner Dadasaheb Phalke was busier than ever and several of his films are still awaiting release.

    Soumitra and Uttam Kumar were the two most popular faces in Bengal – no one else approached. The latter was almost a decade older and they died forty years apart – in the same hospital. It was also in this hospital that Soumitra’s mentor, Satyajit Ray, received his Oscar and spent his last days in 1992.

    “Soumitra proved to be a warrior, fighting valiantly to the last. He cooperated with the doctors and did his best. But fate had other plans – and who can fight against fate, “said one of the doctors who attended the actor, reports The Hindu.

    “No one else could have fought this long despite the advanced age, the severity of the infection and the multiple co-morbidities.”