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Soumitra Chatterjee gets Dadasaheb Phalke award

March 22, 2012 12:39:55 PM IST
IBNS, Glamsham Editorial
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Iconic Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee, who was one of the favourites of late film maestro Satyajit Ray, is the recipient of the highest honour in India cinema, the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, for the year 2011.

The 77-year-old actor, a legend of Bengali cinema, has left his mark in international cinema as well. Chatterjee, who starred in countless Bengali movies of both commercial and art house genre, has reportedly beaten veteran actor Pran to bag the award for 2011.

Being the most popular choice of later Satyajit Ray, Soumitra Chatterjee began his film career in 1959 in Ray's APUR SANSAR (THE WORLD OF APU) opposite Sharmila Tagore. Well known for his ace theatre personality and stage recitations, Chatterjee also won a National Award in 2008.

Soumitra Chatterjee is one of the most popular detective heroes of Bengali cinema having played the role of private detective "Feluda" in several Ray films adapted from his books.