New Delhi: Veteran Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee passed away on Sunday afternoon at the age of 85. He tested positive for coronavirus on October 5 and was admitted to the hospital the next morning.

PM Narendra Modi expressed grief on the demise of veteran actor Soumitra Chatterjee.

“Through his works, he came to embody Bengali sensibilities, emotions and ethos”, tweeted PM Modi.

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee remembered legendary Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee in emotional tweets on Sunday. 

In a series of two tweets, Mamata Banerjee said, "Feluda' is no more. 'Apu' said goodbye. Farewell, Soumitra (Da) Chatterjee. He has been a legend in his lifetime. International, Indian and Bengali cinema has lost a giant. We will miss him dearly. The film world in Bengal has been orphaned."

"Best known for his films with Satyajit Ray, Soumitra Da was conferred with Legion of Honor, Dadasaheb Phalke Award, Banga Bibhushan, Padma Bhushan & several National Awards. A great loss. Saddened. Condolences to his family, the film fraternity & his admirers across the world," she added.

The Dadasaheb Phalke awardee was in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Kolkata's Belle Vue Hospital for almost 40 days and his consciousness level went down significantly since Friday. The condition of the veteran actor had remained a matter of concern owing to co-morbidities and advanced age. His key problem was Covid-19 encephalopathy, doctors said.

Despite his advanced age, the actor was one of the busiest still in Bengali cinema. Right before being diagnosed with Covid-19, the actor was shooting for a documentary with Parambrata Chattopadhyay.

Members of the film fraternity from Bengal and outside mourned the loss of the legendary actor. Condolences poured in on social media regretting the passing of an era, with hashtags like '#Restinpeacelegend'.