President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered their condolences over the death of veteran Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee, saying Indian cinema lost one of its legends.
In a series of tweets, the President mentioned how Chatterjee’s (anglicised version of Chattopadyay) performances won him several national and international awards including Dadasaheb Phalke Award, Padma Bhushan and Legion d’Honneur.
“Condolences to his family, the film fraternity and millions of fans across the world.
“With the passing of Soumitra Chatterjee, Indian cinema has lost one of its legends. He will be specially remembered for the ‘Apu’ trilogy and other memorable performances in Satyajit Ray’s masterpieces. He made immense contributions to the craft of acting,” the President tweeted.
The Prime Minister tweeted in Hindi, English and Bangla, saying “Soumitra Chatterjee’s death is a colossal loss to the world of cinema, cultural life of West Bengal and India”.