Kolkata: Bengal’s legendary actor Soumitra Chatterjee died in Covid, here on Sunday. He was 85.

Soumitra made his debut in Satyajit Ray’s Apurbarar Sansar against Sharmila Tagore. Then he featured in Ray’s internationally acclaimed Pathar Panchali. The 5-feet 11 inch tall Soumitra remained a favourite of India’s veteran film makers like Mrinal Sen.

Soumitra got India government’s top award Dada Saheb Palke Award for life time achievement in 2012. He was conferred with Padma Bhusan in 2004.

Soumtra has acted over 300 films besides in theatre in his 30 years of acting career.

“Indian cinema has lost its legend,” said President of India Ramnath Kovind.

“Bengal’s film world orphned”, said West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee. According to her Soumitra is “A legend in his life time”.