Veteran Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee will receive the 2011 Dada Saheb Phalke Award for lifetime contribution to cinema. According to sources, the award jury has finalised 77-year-old Chatterjee’s name and an announcement in this regard would soon be made.
Chatterjee, who has won a National Award in 2008 for his film Podokkhep, is an iconic actor in Bengali cinema with a career spanning over half a century.
Recognised as one of the finest actors the country has produced, Chatterjee had a long association with legendary Satyajit Ray, starring in 14 of his films.
He made his film debut with Ray’s 1959 film Apur Sansar and went on to act in several other of his masterpieces like Devi, Charulata and Ghare Baire. Besides Ray, Chatterjee also worked with renowned Bengali directors like Tapan Sinha in Kshudito Pashan and Mrinal Sen in Mahaprithibi.