Soumitra Revisited – A Documentary by Sandip Ray

Calcutta, 13th July, 2011 (WBRi/OOBE): Films Division, Government of India and Rabindranath Tagore Centre, Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Government of India, jointly presented the premiere screening of “Soumitra Revisited”, a documentary made by Sandip Roy, on the iconic Bengali Film actor Soumitra Chatterjee; on 11th July 2011 at Satyajit Ray Auditorium, ICCR, Calcutta. 
Soumitra Chatterjee—arguably India's finest living actor and one of Bengali cinema's biggest-ever stars,   Satyajit Ray's on-screen alter ego, started his astonishing career as the adult Apu in Ray's Apur Sansar (1959). And repeated critical acclaim for his roles in Bengali art house cinema notwithstanding, he, together with another towering Bengali matinee idol, Uttam Kumar, reigned over commercial Bengali cinema. He has been Devdas, he has done the swashbuckling villain in Jinder Bandi—Tollygunge's take on The Prisoner of Zenda—besides featuring in 15 of Ray's 36 films in an amazing variety of roles: from a Sikh cab driver in Abhijaan to an impoverished Brahmin trying to survive the Bengal famine in Ashani Sanket, from the suave detective Feluda to the amoral revolutionary Sandip in Ghare Baire. He is everyman's actor, capable of playing everyman—servant, rustic, timorous lover (Kapurush o Mahapurush), executive, street Romeo (Teen Bhubaner Paare). His empathy for everyman, the sheer range and depth of his gifts sets him apart from almost any other actor on the Indian screen. He has numerous laurels in his kitty. Italy has honoured him with a lifetime achievement award, France has conferred on him its highest award for arts—the Officier des Arts et Metiers. He is the only Indian actor to have a full-length documentary devoted to him: The Tree by French director Catherine Berge.