Veteran Bengali actor and Dada Saheb Phalke winner Soumitra Chattopadhyay tested positive for the novel coronavirus. He has been admitted to Bellevue Nursing Home in Kolkata.
His Covid-positive report came in this morning, October 6. His family members confirmed that he had been ill for the past few days, following which a Covid-19 test was advised by a doctor, reports The India Today.
Soumitra Chattopadhyay had resumed shooting a few days ago. Parambrata, another noted Bengali actor completed the shooting of Abhiyan under the direction of Chattopadhyay. Jisshu Sengupta will be seen playing the role of young Soumitra in the film. Soumitra himself plays his older self in the film.
Soumitra Chattopadhyay or Chatterjee is a celebrated Bengali actor, best known for his collaboration with Oscar-winner Satyajit Ray and the Feluda series.
Soumitra immortalised the titular role of Feluda in Ray's films. Apart from that, Soumitra was a part of several other works of Ray, including Apu'r Sangshar or The World Of Apu, that won Ray the Oscar.
Earlier, another Bengali actress Koel Mallick along with her father, veteran actor Ranjit Mallick, husband Nispal Singh Rane and mother Deepa Mallick contracted the novel coronavirus in July. All four have tested negative for the virus now.
The news of Soumitra Chatterjee testing positive has raised concerns within the Bengali film circuit or 'Tolly para' as it is fondly referred to as. Several of Soumitra’s colleagues have wished for his speedy recovery.