Delhi: According to the press release of Minstry of information and Broadcasting, Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee has been selected for Dada Saheb Phalke Award for the year 2011. His name was proposed by a five member Jury. The 77 year old actor made his debut in 1959 in Satyajit Ray’s APUR SANSAR and later acted in 14 of his films. The award will be presented to the veteran actor during the 59th National Film Awards function.
In the career spanning more then five decades, he has acted in more than 400 films including the films of Tapan Sinha, Mrinas Sen, Ajoy kar and Tarun Majumdar. Some of his notable films include APUR SANSAAR, DEVI, KHUDITO PASHAN, TEEN KANYA, ABHIJAN, CHARULATA, KAPURUSH, AKASH KUSUM, ARANYER DIN RATRI , ASHANI SANKET, SONAR KELLA, JOI BABA FELUNATH, HIRAK RAJAR DESHE, GHARE BAIRE, GANASHATRU, SHAKHA PROSHAKHA, PADAKSHEP, BALLYNGUNGE COURT, ANGSHUMANER CHHOBI.
Shri Chatterjee has been the winner of the National Film Award for Best Actor for the film PODOKSHEP in 2007 and Special Jury Award for Best Actor for the film DEKHA in 2000. He is also been conferred with Padma Bhushan in 2004. Mr Soumitra Chatterjee has more than a dozen books of poems also to his credit.