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A living legend of Indian cinema and stage, Soumitra has received the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2012, India’s highest award in cinema given by the government of India for lifetime achievement. He also received the ‘Officier des Arts et Metiers’, the highest award for arts given by the French government, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from Italy. In 2004, he accepted the prestigious Padma Bhushan award from the President of India.
Starting with his debut film, Apur Sansar (The World of Apu, 1959), he went on to work in several notable films with Ray.Soumitra would eventually collaborate with Ray on fourteen films. His centrality to Ray’s work is akin to other key collaborations in the history of cinema — Mifune and Kurosawa, Mastroianni and Fellini, De Niro and Scorsese. He has been the subject of a full-length documentary by French film director Catherine Berge, a Merchant -Ivory production. He has won several National Film Awards as an actor, and as an actor in Bengali Theatre, in 1998, he was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award given India’s National Academy of Music, Dance & Drama.
Alongside a long busy career in cinema, he written, acted and directed numerous theatre and stage productions. Homapakhi (2006), a hugely successful and critically acclaimed Theatre production was his first collaboration with Amit Ranjan Biswas, the director of Bridge who wrote few other plays and musical Theatres for him. Soumitra also authored several books of poetry and in 2014 an anthology of his poems were published.