Actor Soumitra Chatterjee hospitalised
Veteran actor Soumitra Chatterjee was admitted to a private hospital in Kolkata on August 14 after he complained of breathing problems. Chatterjee was admitted to the hospital around 9.30 am with respiratory tract infection, a statement issued by the south Kolkata hospital said.
"Our doctors are monitoring him from time to time. At the moment, Chatterjee is out of danger and we are keeping a close watch on him," a hospital source said.
"He is being treated in ICU under close supervision," the statement said.
Initial tests said that the actor was suffering from some age-related health issues such as potassium and sodium imbalance.
The 84-year old actor's daughter Poulami Basu told PTI that his present condition was stable. "There is no threat to his life," his daughter said.
The Apur Sansar actor, who has six-decade long illustrious film career, had attended shootings till Monday, apart from attending events, industry sources said.
Starting with his debut film, Apur Sansar, the third part of Apu Trilogy, he went on to work in several notable films with Ray, including Abhijan, Charulata, Aranyer Din Ratri; Ashani Sanket; Sonar Kella as Feluda and Joi Baba Felunath as Feluda, Ghare Baire and Ganashatru. Meanwhile, he also worked with other noted directors of Bengali cinema, with Mrinal Sen in Akash Kusum, Tapan Sinha in Kshudhita Pashan, Jhinder Bandi, Asit Sen in Swaralipi, Ajoy Kar in Saat Pake Bandha, Parineeta, and Tarun Mazumdar in Sansar Simante and Ganadevata. He acted more than 210 films in his career till 2016.
Soumitra Chatterjee was awarded the Padma Bhushan by the Government of India in 2004. 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". In 2014, he received the introductory Filmfare Awards East for Best Male Actor for his role in Rupkatha Noy. He won 7 Filmfare Awards. -NDTV