Legendary actor Soumitra Chatterjee will be conferred an Honorary D. Litt. by Presidency University, Kolkata. The 83-year old actor will be awarded the D. Litt. at convocation of Presidency University which will be organised in the city on September 11.
He is best known for his collaborations with Oscar-winning film director Satyajit Ray, with whom he worked in fourteen films, and his constant comparison with the Bengali cinema screen idol Uttam Kumar, his contemporary leading man of the 1960s and 1970s.
Starting with his debut film, Apur Sansar in 1959; he did many notable films like Abhijan - 1962, Charulata - 1964, Aranyer Din Ratri - 1969), Ashani Sanket - 1973, Sonar Kella - 1974, Joi Baba Felunath - 1978, Ghare Baire - 1984, Ganashatru - 1989. He acted more than 220 films in his career till 2018.
Presidency university’s governing council decided to honor the legend. He is no doubt Bengali cinema’s living legend and touted to be one of the most accomplished Indian actors. In his six-decade long career, Soumitra Chatterjee shows excellency in every domain. Discovered and mentored by the legendary Satyajit Ray, Soumitra worked under the auteur in as many as 14 films and one documentary.
He was awarded the Padma Bhushan by the Government of India in 2004. In 2012, he received the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, India's highest award in cinema given by the government of India for lifetime achievement. He has won total 7 Filmfare Awards.
Earlier this year the National Award winning actor was awarded the Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur - highest French order of merit for military and civil merits.