Soumitra Chatterjee Birthday Special: Some unknown facts about the late legendary actor
The late legendary actor, Soumitra Chatterjee, turned 86 today. Though he is not present among us anymore, he will always be alive through his works.
Today is his birthday, so let's dig up some unknown facts about the Dada Saheb Phalke winner actor. Even if his childhood was happy back in Krishnanagar in Bengal, he has been under constant scrutiny for his looks, which made him self-conscious.
This self-consciousness made him build up a fake world, making it difficult for him to express his true feelings. He always doubted himself that nobody would care to know about him, which is why he never believed in autobiographies.
Soumitra Chatterjee's family was involved in theatres which helped him further to get away from all the self-consciousness masking on another character. He received his fair shares of appreciation in his boyhood for his performances.
Later, he came to Calcutta and got trained under Sisir Kumar Bhaduri.
Soumitra Chatterjee had a passionate nature which could be quite fiery. Once he punched Ritwik Ghatak's face, and he didn't even hesitate to share the incident. During an interview, the late actor said that Ritwik Ghatak was continuously pressing Satyajit Ray in a meeting, but he remained silent because Ray never needed defence. But, eventually, Ghatak said some nasty comments about Soumitra which led to the punch. Soumitra punched Ritwik and said, 'You're not dealing with a mild-mannered bhadrolok (gentleman) here.'
But he always accepted that he regretted not working with Ritwik Ghatak once as he always acknowledged his talent. But, he could never stand his foul mouth.
Satyajit Ray has played a pivotal role in Soumitra Chatterjee's life. He was like a father figure to the late actor. He chose him, moulded him and made him the legend.