Soumitra Chatterjee happy to get Dadasaheb Phalke award

Soumitra Chatterjee happy to get Dadasaheb Phalke award

Iconic Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee said the Dadasaheb Phalke award is a recognition of his hard work in the last 53 years

Veteran Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee, 77, said it was an “emotional moment” for him to be named for the Dadasaheb Phalke award – the highest honour in Indian cinema – and he would receive it on behalf of the doyens of the Bengali movie industry whose guidance helped him evolve as an actor. “I am very happy. It is an emotional moment for me. I thank everybody. It is a recognition of the hard work I have put in for the last 53 years. The people of my country have recognised my toil,” said Chatterjee.

The Padama Bhushan awardee expressed his gratitude to directors like Satyajit Ray and Tapan Sinha and veteran actors like Chabi Biswas and Tulsi Chakraborty for honing his acting skills.  “I would like to thank many old people of this industry like (legendary movie directors) Satyajit Ray and Tapanda,” he said. “Right now my mind is on a flashback mode. I would thank actors like Chabi Biswas and Tulsi Chakraborty. It would have been great if I could have handed the award to them. It is on their behalf that I will receive the honour,” he said. Chatterjee regretted that the sublime work of actors like Biswas and Chakraborty went unrewarded.

One of India’s most talented actors, Chatterjee made his debut in 1959 with Ray’s super-hit movie Apur Sansar. The film gave him the much needed platform, and he never had to look back. He soon became Ray’s favourite, and played the lead roles in most of the movie maker’s classics including Sonar KellaCharulata, and Ghare Baire. Chatterjee’s association with Ray is often compared with the chemistry between famous actor-director duos of the world such as Akira Kurosowa-Toshiro Mifune and Marcello Mastroianni-Federico Fellini. Apart from Ray, Chatterjee has worked with all internationally acclaimed directors of his time, including Mrinal Sen, Tapan Sinha,  Aparna Sen, Goutam Ghose, Rituparno Ghosh and Tarun Majumdar. Some of his notable movies are Jhinder Bandi, Koni, Kaapurush, Akash Kusum, Aranyer Din Ratri, Joy Baba Felunath, Teen Bhubaner Pare, Ganashatru and Sakah Prashakha.

Besides films, Chatterjee is also known for his passion for the stage where he has both acted and directed plays. He is also one of the all-time best elocutionists of Bengal. He has also received ‘The Officier des Arts et Metiers’, the highest award for arts from France, and a lifetime achievement award from Italy.Subscribe to me on YouTube


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    Sri Soumitra Chatterjee Dada Saheb Phalke Awards 2012

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    CareerHis first film with Nisar Bhai and Hamed Bhai Jwar Bhata was released in 1944 which went ueintocnd. His first major hit was the 1947 film Jugnu. He appeared in many hits thereafter including the romantic melodramas Mela (1948), Andaz (1949), Deedar (1951), Daag (1954), Devdas (1955), Yahudi (1958) and Madhumati (1958). These films established his screen image as the Tragedy King .[8]He also played lighthearted roles in films such as Aan (1952), Azaad (1955) and Kohinoor (1960). In 1960 he portrayed Prince Salim in the historical film Mughal-e-Azam which as of 2008 was the second highest grossing film in Hindi film history.[9]In 1961 he produced and starred in Ganga Jamuna in which he and his real-life brother Nasir Khan played the title roles. This was the only film he produced. In 1962 British director David Lean offered him the role of Sherif Ali in his 1962 film Lawrence of Arabia, but Kumar declined the part.[10] The role eventually went to Omar Sharif, the Egyptian actor. His next film Leader (1964) was below average at the box office.[11] In 1967 Dilip Kumar played a dual role of twins separated at birth in the hit film Ram Aur Shyam. His career slumped in the 1970s with films like Dastaan (1970) and Bairaag (1976) where he played triple roles failing at the box office.[12][13] He took a five year hiatus from films from 1976 to 1981.[7]In 1981 he returned with the multi-starrer Kranti which was the biggest hit of the year.[14] He went onto play character roles in hit films including Shakti (1982), Vidhaata (1982), Mashaal (1984) and Karma (1986).[14] In 1991 he starred alongside veteran actor Raaj Kumar in Saudagar which was his last successful film.[15] In 1993 he won the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award. In 1996 he was attached to make his directorial debut with a film titled Kalinga but the film was shelved. In 1998 he made his last film appearance in the unsuccessful film Qila where once again he played dual roles as an evil landowner and his twin brother investigating his death. His films Mughal-e-Azam and Naya Daur were fully colorized and re-released in 2004 and 2008 respectively.