Soumitra Chatterjee

 

Soumitra Chatterjee

January 19th, 1935

Soumitra Chatterjee, the most brilliant actor Bengali Movie Industry ever produced, was born on 19th January, 1935 at Mirjapore. He is the son of proud parent Mohit Kumar Chottopadhyay and Ashalata Devi. Soumitra has two brothers and one sister. Sombit, Soumitra, Anuradha, Abhijit in order. He grew up in Krishnanagar where his father used to work. Mohit Kumar Chottopadhyay was a famous lawyear of his time. He was jailed for participating in freedom fight. Famous personalities such as Subhash Chandra Basu, Ani Basant,  Sorojini Naidu, Dr. Rajendra Prasad were friends of Mohit Kumar Chattopadhyay and used to visit his home. Kazi Nazrul Islam and Dilip Kumar were very close to Mohit Kumar Chottopadhyay.


Soumitra Chatterjee never paid too much attention to tradional education. He has received his early education from C.M.M. St John School in Krishnonagar. Due to his father’s (Mohit Kumar Chattopadhay)transferable job, young Soumitra had to change his school several times. Later, he joined Barasat Government high School , from where he has to take transfer to Howrah Government School. He even had to study few years at Darjeeling High School. But he completed his matriculation from Howrah High School. Later he completed I.S.C in 1953. After this, he joined the well known City College in Kolkata and completed his graduation in Bengali Honours. Although he had joined Calcutta University for M.A. but he was unable to appear for the exam.

Soumitra Chatterjee is one the most internationally acknowledged actors in the arena of Bengali Cinema due to his numerous works with Satyajit Ray. Born on 19th January 1935 in Kolkata , he has received his early education from C.M.M. St John School in Krishnonagar. Due to his father’s (Mohit Kumar Chattopadhay)transferable job, young Soumitra had to change his school several times. Later, he joined Barasat Government high School , from where he has to take transfer to Howrah Government School. He even had to study few years at Darjeeling High School. But he completed his matriculation from Howrah High School. After this, he joined the well known City College in Kolkata and completed his graduation in Bengali Honours. Although he had joined Calcutta University for M.A. but he was unable to appear for the exam.

While he was doing his M.A, he got a job offer from Indo-Nepal Trading Corporation. He started his first job with 250 rupees a month. Within short time, he got a chance to work as a Radio announcer. After accepting the job, he stopped his studies. In 1960, he got married.

Soumitra has worked under Sishir Kumar Bhaduri, so he was never much interested in Bengali Movies. However, the landmark movie “Pather Panchali” made a very strong impact on Soumitra Chatterjee. Somehow he got a chance to meet Satyajit Roy at his home on Lake Temple Road while he was with his friend Arun Chowdhury. Satyajit Ray was looking for a charecter for “Aparajito“. As the role was not suitable for his age, Soumitra didn’t got chance to act in that film. However, in the very next year (1957), Satyajit Ray offered him the role of Apu for his movie “Apur Sansar” (final film of Apu Trilogy). With the superb performance in the legendary film, Soumitra Chatterjee started his career in Bengali Movies. He is probably the only person who is suitable for Tagore Classicss.  Moreover, he had potrayed the character of Feluda in Satyajit Ray’s thrillers in Sonar Kella (1974), Joy Baba Felunath (1979). He had also worked with noted directors like Mrinal Sen in Akas Kusum, Pratinidhi, Tapan Sinha in Jhinder Bandi, Khudita Pasan, Tarun Majumder in Ganadevota (1979). He has participated in Berlin Film Festival for his performance in Charulata. He has also traveled worldwide for his play “Tiktiki”. Other than films, he was associated with theatre. He had the extraordinary fortune to be trained under the legendary stage personalities like Sisir Kumar Bhaduri and his performance as Suresh in “Prafulla” was still considered to be a landmark in his career. He is a well known figure in the world of Bengali poetry recitation and has lent his voice for many documentaries. He is truly a versatile genius who has books of poems in his credit. Even, he has directed many theatres, plays and one telefilm.

Who is bigger and better? Uttam Kumar or Soumitra Chatterjee? Every bengali spend their youth debating on the issue which has not yet been settled.

Recently Soumitra Chatterjee has completed 50 years of his career in Cinema. Still we do not celebrate him much over the media. Nobody talks about the legendary person. We, the members of Calcutta Tube offering our respect to Soumitra Chatterjee with this post.

In 1970 and 1972 , he was awarded the coveted Padmashri but he renounced it both times. He has been felicitated by several institutions for his contribution to Bengali Cinema. Soumitra has also received ‘The Officier des Arts et Metiers’ from France. Recently, the title “PadmaBhusan “ has been conferred to him by the Government of India. In 1995 , he got the Lifetime Achievement award from FilmFare. In 2008, he was given National Award for best actor for his performance in Padakhep.

Soumitra Chatterjee is still working on Bengali Films. 10:10, Anubhab, Jakhan Esechilam, Megh Brishtir Khela, Pakhi are some of his movies waiting to be released soon.

Watch some of Video Intervies/Songs/Documentaries on Soumitra Chatterjee

1. Documentary about Soumitra Chatterjee
2. Apur Sansar Manuscript
3. Apur Sansar Final Scene
4. Song from ASAMAPTO
5. Apur Sansar – Domestic Life
6. Ei Sohor Theke Aaro Onek Dure : Soumitra with Tanuja, Singer Manna Dey
7. Hoyto Tomari Jonno: Soumitra, Singer Manna Dey (Film: Tin Bhuboner Paare)

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Filmography:

Actor

  1. 10:10 (Unreleased) 2008
  2. Anubhab (Unreleased) 2008
  3. Jakhan Esechhilem (Unreleased) 2008
  4. Megh Brishti Khela (Unreleased) 2008
  5. Pakhi (Unreleased) 2008
  6. Rangamati 2008
  7. Tomar Jonyo 2008
  8. Balligunge Court 2007
  9. Chander Bari 2007
  10. Jara Bristite Bhijechhilo 2007
  11. Krishnakanter Will 2007
  12. Minister Fatakesto 2007
  13. Padakhep 2007
  14. The Bong Connection 2007
  15. 15 Park Avenue 2006
  16. Asha 2006
  17. Bhalobasar Anek Naam 2006
  18. M.L.A. Fatakesto 2006
  19. Samayer Chhayaguli 2006
  20. Krantikal 2005
  21. Mantra 2005
  22. Nishijapon 2005
  23. Adhikar 2004
  24. Akritagno 2004
  25. Ami Je Ke Tomar 2004
  26. Anurag 2004
  27. Debipaksha 2004
  28. Kuyasha 2004
  29. Abar Aranye 2003
  30. Arjun Aamar Naam 2003
  31. Bhalo Theko 2003
  32. Biswasghatak 2003
  33. Hemanter Pakhi 2003
  34. Jua 2003
  35. Ke Apon Ke Par 2003
  36. Patalghar 2003
  37. Anamni Angana 2002
  38. Bor Kone 2002
  39. Doityo 2002
  40. Ferari Fouj 2002
  41. Gandharbi 2002
  42. Haraner Natjamai 2002
  43. Jiban Yuddha 2002
  44. Sanjhbatir Rupkathara 2002
  45. Bhalobasar Rajprasade 2001
  46. Cancer 2001
  47. Chupi Chupi 2001
  48. Churiwala 2001
  49. Dekha 2001
  50. Durga 2001
  51. Ebong Tumi Aar Ami 2001
  52. Etai Swarga 2001
  53. Guru Shisya 2001
  54. Jabab Chai 2001
  55. Prem Pratigya 2001
  56. Sud Asal 2001
  57. Aamader Janani 2000
  58. Apan Holo Par 2000
  59. Bastir Meye Radha 2000
  60. Didi Aamar Maa 2000
  61. Ei Ghar Ei Sansar 2000
  62. Gariber Sansar 2000
  63. Kalankini Badhu 2000
  64. Kulangar 2000
  65. Mrs. Universe 2000
  66. Paromitar Ekdin 2000
  67. Satyi Ei To Jibon 2000
  68. Asukh 1999
  69. Atmiyoswajan 1999
  70. Daye Dayitya 1999
  71. Kanchanmala 1999
  72. Madhu Malati 1999
  73. Niyoti 1999
  74. Santan Jakhan Satru 1999
  75. Satyam Shivam Sundaram 1999
  76. Sei To Abar Kachhe Ele 1999
  77. Shatru Mitra 1999
  78. Swamir Ghar 1999
  79. Tomay Pabo Bole 1999
  80. Ajab Ganyer Ajab Katha 1998
  81. Baba Keno Chakar 1998
  82. Chowdhury Paribar 1998
  83. Gharer Lakshmi 1998
  84. Lola Luci 1998
  85. Putra Badhu 1998
  86. Ranakshetra 1998
  87. Sanghat 1998
  88. Bahurupa 1997
  89. Chandragrahan 1997
  90. Kalratri 1997
  91. Maan Apaman 1997
  92. Pabitra Papi 1997
  93. Samadhan 1997
  94. Saptami 1997
  95. Sarbajaya 1997
  96. Lathi 1996
  97. Mahan 1996
  98. Puja 1996
  99. Sopan 1996
  100. Bhagya Debata 1995
  101. Boumoni 1995
  102. Kakababu Herey Gelen 1995
  103. Kumari Maa 1995
  104. Mashal 1995
  105. Mejo Bou 1995
  106. Shesh Pratiksha 1995
  107. Ujan 1995
  108. Gajamukta 1994
  109. Phiriye Dao 1994
  110. Shesh Chithi 1994
  111. Uttoran 1994
  112. Wheel Chair 1994
  113. Mon Manena 1993
  114. Pashanda Pandit 1993
  115. Prajapati 1993
  116. Purashkar 1993
  117. Samparka 1993
  118. Antardhan 1992
  119. Monikanchan 1992
  120. Rakte Lekha 1992
  121. Shakha Prashakha 1992
  122. Abhagini 1991
  123. Ek Pasla Brishti 1991
  124. Mahaprithibi 1991
  125. Path O Prasad 1991
  126. Abhimanyu 1990
  127. Apan Aamar Apan 1990
  128. Chetana 1990
  129. Ekhane Aamar Swarga 1990
  130. Ekti Jiban 1990
  131. Ganasatru 1990
  132. Manasi 1990
  133. Aamar Shapath 1989
  134. Maryada 1989
  135. Shatarupa 1989
  136. Agaman 1988
  137. Agnisanket 1988
  138. Agun 1988
  139. Debi Baran 1988
  140. Pratik 1988
  141. Nyay Adhikar 1987
  142. Achena Mukh 1986
  143. Atanka 1986
  144. Basundhara 1986
  145. Koni 1986
  146. Shyam Saheb 1986
  147. Urbashi 1986
  148. Baikunther Will 1985
  149. Ghare Baire 1985
  150. Sandhya Pradip 1985
  151. Tagari 1985
  152. Amargeeti 1984
  153. Lal Golap 1984
  154. Simantarag 1984
  155. Agradai 1983
  156. Chena Achena 1983
  157. Indira 1983
  158. Bijoyini 1982
  159. Khelar Putul 1982
  160. Matir Swarga 1982
  161. Preyasi 1982
  162. Rasamoyeer Rasikata 1982
  163. Father 1981
  164. Nyay Anyay 1981
  165. Pratihsodh 1981
  166. Darpachurna 1980
  167. Gharer Baire Ghar 1980
  168. Hirak Rajar Deshe 1980
  169. Pankhiraj 1980
  170. Debdas 1979
  171. Ganadabata 1979
  172. Job Charnaker Bibi 1979
  173. Joy Baba Felunath 1979
  174. Nouka Dubi 1979
  175. Nadi Theke Sagare 1978
  176. Pranoypasha 1978
  177. Babumasai 1977
  178. Mantramugdha 1977
  179. Pratima 1977
  180. Datta 1976
  181. Nandita 1976
  182. Sudur Niharika 1976
  183. Chhutir Phande 1975
  184. Nishimrigaya 1975
  185. Sansar Simante 1975
  186. Asati 1974
  187. Jadi Jantem 1974
  188. Sangini 1974
  189. Sonar Kella 1974
  190. Agnibhramar 1973
  191. Ashani Sanket 1973
  192. Basanta Bilap 1973
  193. Bilet Pherat 1973
  194. Epaar Opaar 1973
  195. Natun Diner Alo 1973
  196. Nishikanya 1973
  197. Sesh Pristhay Dekhun 1973
  198. Aparna 1972
  199. Jiban Saikate 1972
  200. Stree 1972
  201. Khuje Berai 1971
  202. Malyadan 1971
  203. Sansar 1971
  204. Aleyar Alo 1970
  205. Aranyer Din Ratri 1970
  206. Padmagolap 1970
  207. Pratham Kadam Phul 1970
  208. Aparichito 1969
  209. Chena Achena 1969
  210. Parineeta 1969
  211. Tin Bhubaner Pare 1969
  212. Baghini 1968
  213. Parishodh 1968
  214. Ajana Shapath 1967
  215. Hathat Dekha 1967
  216. Mahasweta 1967
  217. Prastar Swakshar 1967
  218. Joradighir Chowdhury Paribar 1966
  219. Kanchkata Heere 1966
  220. Monihar 1966
  221. Akash Kusum 1965
  222. Baksha Badal 1965
  223. Ek-i Ange Eto Rup 1965
  224. Ektuku Basa 1965
  225. Kapurush Mahpurush 1965
  226. Kapurush-O-Mahapurush 1965
  227. Ayananta 1964
  228. Charulata 1964
  229. Kinu Gowalar Gali 1964
  230. Pratinidhi 1964
  231. Barnali 1963
  232. Saat Pake Badha 1963
  233. Sesh Prahar 1963
  234. Abhijan 1962
  235. Agun 1962
  236. Atal Jaler Ahwan 1962
  237. Benarasi 1962
  238. Shasti 1962
  239. Jhinder Bandi 1961
  240. Punshcha 1961
  241. Swaralipi 1961
  242. Swayambara 1961
  243. Teen Kanya 1961
  244. Debi 1960
  245. Kshudita Pashan 1960
  246. Apur Sansar 1959

Resources:

  1. Soumitra Chatterjee on Wiki
  2. Biography at Satyajit Roy.Org
  3. Soumitra Chatterjee on IMDB
  4. Interview at Times of India

One Response to “Soumitra Chatterjee”

  1. Rupsa Banerjee says:

    I love Soumitra Chaterjee,he’s one of the greatest actors of all times.His screen presence is well comparable to the likes of Brando and Peck. He’ll remain the finest actor that India has ever produced,and if only he would have been able to let his talent shine even more in the west,then the world would be acquainted even more with his genius.

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