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Soumitra Chatterjee dead: Actor dies from Covid-19 complications

Chatterjee died weeks after being admitted to hospital (Picture: ABDELHAK SENNA/AFP via Getty Images)

Legendary Indian actor Soumitra Chatterjee has died aged 85 from complications from Covid-19.

The actor died on Monday, a month after he was admitted to hospital on October 6 in Kolkata city after testing positive for coronavirus.

He tested negative a few weeks after he was admitted to hospital, but his condition deteriorated and he was placed on a ventilator in the last week of October.

Chatterjee starred in more than 300 movies and had a six-decade long career in Bengali language films.

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He was best known for his work with Oscar-winning director Satyait Ray, with the third film of the Apu Trilogy, 1959’s Apur Sansar, marking Chatterjee’s debut movie.

He went on to star as the lead in 14 of Ray’s films, including Charulata, Sonar Kella, Devi and Asani Sanket. 

In 2012, Chatterjee was awarded the Dada Saheb Phalke Award, the highest honour in Indian cinema, and won France’s Legion of Honour in 2018.