Soumitra Chatterjee: Friends with Satyajit Ray on reel but rivals on cricket field


Written by Rahul Sadhu
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Up to date: November 17, 2020 1:23:06 am

Soumitra ChatterjeeSoumitra ChatterjeeSoumitra Chatterjee, the legendary Indian actor with elevated than 200 films to his decide. (Categorical Archive)

Soumitra Chatterjee and Satyajit Ray labored in 14 movement pictures collectively, spanning over three a very very very very very very very very very very long time. Diversified of Chatterjee’s greatest works had been crafted by Ray, one among many world’s most iconic and influential Indian administrators whose movement pictures garnered necessary acclaim and bought an excessive amount of awards worldwide, inserting India on the worldwide cinema map.

Nonetheless are you acutely acutely acutely conscious that he as shortly as carried out a rival to Ray on the cricket pitch?

“Soumitra Chatterjee was rigorously into cricket. He, my father Dileep Mukherjee, and Soumendu Roy (cinematographer who labored with Satyajit Ray) lived shut to on the very least one one utterly totally totally utterly completely totally utterly totally different and had been into sports activities actions actions actions actions actions actions actions actions actions actions,” recalled former Bengal all-rounder Joydeep Mukherjee.

“They could meet each utterly totally utterly totally totally utterly completely totally utterly totally different day and carried out the sport often. Not solely cricket nonetheless badminton, soccer… they’d been all into sports activities actions actions actions actions actions actions actions actions actions actions and watching them play was good to try.”

In an Categorical Archive (beneath) from the 70s, it is liable to be seen that earlier to a charity match, a march earlier was underway – amongst others Grasp Babloo (holding aloft the flag), Satyajit Ray necessary Hemanta Kumar’s XI, and Jahar Ganguly necessary Kanan Devi’s XI.

Uttam Kumar walks behind Ray whereas Soumitra Chatterjee was Jahar Ganguly’s deputy.

Soumitra Chatterjee second from left. (Categorical Archive)

That was not a one-off.

In presumably presumably presumably presumably primarily primarily presumably primarily most likely in all probability probably the most talked-about charity matches (for the Kerala floods) from the late ’70s between the Kolkata Movie Enterprise and Mumbai movie Enterprise at Eden Gardens, Chatterjee was an needed collaborating in member from the Bengal aspect.

“The Mumbai workforce comprised the likes of Amitabh Bachchan, Vinod Khanna. There have been 100,000 of us on the underside. Chatterjee, was an needed member of the dressing room, strategizing play and what house formations to set,” talked about Mukherjee, presently the Director of Cricket, Cricket Affiliation of Bengal (CAB).

“He was one among many trusted personnel of the workforce. He batted successfully and was good with the ball as successfully. As a toddler I’ve one reminiscence of him being focussed and taking decisions of who would possibly presumably be the model new ball bowler primarily based totally on which aspect the breeze was blowing,” Mukherjee added.

Not many would know nonetheless Satyajit Ray was a spinner himself whereas representing the Calcutta College in his early years. His love for cricket was furthermore seen in his writings as successfully. Feluda (a fictional sleuth created by Ray in 1965) was talked about to be a bowler, one state of affairs which was instructed to the readers inside the information Badshahi Angti (The Emperor’s Ring).

By one amongst many best strategies in 1974, it was Chatterjee who featured as Feluda, the well-known personal investigator from Calcutta in Ray’s Sonar Kella. He reprised the place in Pleasure Baba Felunath, turning into the face of the long-lasting character.

Chatterjee’s fondness for cricket would possibly even be gauged by the reality that he actually not missed a worldwide cricket match on the Eden Gardens until the 1980s.

Former Bengal captain and nationwide selector Sambaran Banerjee talked about that he was a cricket fan who saved a tab in your full developments associated to the sport.

“He appreciated Try cricket elevated than one matter. He had instructed me that he actually not missed a cricket match at Eden Gardens contained contained all through the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s,” Banerjee instructed PTI.

Later in his life, in an interview on the official social media channel of the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), Chatterjee had confessed his love for cricket and talked about, “At one time extended as shortly as additional, I was an avid fan of cricket. Even now when some cricket goes as shortly as additional in some elements of the globe I often observe the information.”

“Nonetheless I’ve to see any specific specific specific specific particular person like Ajinkya Rahane collaborating in for Knight Riders and I’ve to see a devastating bowler coming to KKR,” he had added as shortly as additional in 2018.

Chatterjee, the legendary Indian actor with elevated than 200 films to his decide, died Sunday of factors ensuing from Covid-19. He was 85.

Board of Administration for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Sourav Ganguly furthermore mourned the shortage of lifetime of the legendary actor. “U have executed fairly a bit ..u can leisure in peace,” Ganguly, furthermore a former India captain, tweeted.

Ahead of embarking on his movie occupation in 1959, Chatterjee labored as an announcer at All India Radio in Kolkata. He was furthermore an achieved playwright and a poet.

In a 2016 interview, Chatterjee displayed his indomitable spirit to behave even at an outdated age. “I’ve a precedence: If I don’t work, I acquired’t exist,” he talked about.

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