New Delhi: Soumitra Chatterjee's association with Satyajit Ray goes back to 1959 when Chatterjee debuted in cinema with Ray's 'Apur Sansar'. Since then the actor kept winning more and more hearts through his versatility and disarming smile. On his 78th birthday, we have compiled a list of his ten best performances.
Apu (Apur Sansar): Chatterjee played a character that had many layers with a complex character graph. He beautifully portrayed the nuances of wife-husband and father-daughter relationship in the film.
Feluda (Shonar Kella, Jai Baba Felunath): The mystery of a kidnapping looked really complicated till Pradosh C Mitter aka Feluda takes up the case. A Bengali detective solves the case in style in the alien land of Rajasthan.
Amal (Charulata): Ray and Chatterjee were thinking of the subjects that were much ahead of their time. Amal understand Charu's attraction towards him but he must restrict himself from disgracing a socially ideal relationship.
Ashoke Gupta (Ganashatru): The film is about a fast developing place where Dr Ashoke Gupta deals with a distinct health problem. The film was based on Henrik Ibsen's play 'An Enemy of the People'.
Proshanto (Shakha Proshakha): Directed by Satyajit Ray, the film showcased the thinking patterns of different generations of a Bengali family. It was a multi-layered character that Chatterjee did with aplomb.
Sudhamoy (Asukh): Age doesn't hamper a real talent, this is exactly what Soumitra Chatterjee proved with this film. His chemistry with Debashree Roy was like an acting class for the younger generation of actors.
Narsingh (Abhijan): Soumitra Chatterjee played a taxi driver in the film who is very proud of his legacy and cultural baggage. He decides to talk tough once his pride gets hurt.
Ajay Sarkar (Akash Kusum): This time, he collaborated with Mrinal Sen to bring out the traits of a character which is desperate to rise in prominence and wants to be socially accepted.
Sandip Mukherjee (Ghare Baire): Can anyone portray it better than Soumitra Chatterjee how and why a radical revolutionist behaves in a particular situation?
Amulya (Teen Kanya): He featured in one out of the three stories, 'Sampati', but the way he controlled his body language and mannerism was a treat to watch. He excelled even in a small role.