Aparna Sen reminisced that she first noticed Soumitra Chatterjee in a village; she was studying in a big verandah dealing with a river. “I used to be very impressed by his manner. He had grow to be pals with my household and he mentored me a lot. Like, once I was doing a tomboy’s function, he would say that once I see a puddle of water, I ought to leap over it moderately than first stroll round it and go ahead. He additionally advised me that actors should not let machines round us are available the best way of our efficiency however we should not low cost them both; they will act as our pals. Importantly, he taught me how vital is the footwork for an actor; it helps me immensely at present once I direct movies.”
“Soumitra Chatterjee had a lot to supply as a result of he by no means sank into the morasses of gossip and drinks; as an alternative he would create designs, paint, write poetries. He would write performs and direct them. He was an elocutionist as effectively.”
Books additionally linked Aparna Sen and Soumitra Chatterjee. As time and flicks rolled by, Aparna stopped calling Soumitra Chatterjee as ‘Uncle’. “I did that earlier however then began calling him by his title. Our equation was primarily based on immense respect for one another. I bear in mind we have been on the Oxford E-book Store in Kolkata and I requested him if he had learn a selected guide. He stated ‘no’ and I went and purchased the guide for him. He requested me why I am doing this. I stated as a result of I wished him to learn it in order that we will focus on the guide later.”
Soumitra Chatterjee, Aparna Sen additional stated, by no means did not contribute to the director’s imaginative and prescient. “Like, I bear in mind I wished his hair to be in a selected manner in one among my movies and he would solely say that he is doing it as a result of the director needs it that manner. That is such an vital lesson for all actors.”
However solely few know that Soumitra Chatterjee was not main a very simple life. The legend was a most cancers survivor. Says Aparna Sen, “He had been recognized with prostrate most cancers and he fought it out. After which, he had some monetary wants which he needed to fulfill. I used to be strongly possessive about him and felt he was stretching himself a bit too much- his spouse was unwell, his daughter was dwelling with him, his grandson had a horrible accident and nearly turned a paraplegic.”
Aparna Sen goes on to level out that Soumitra Chatterjee ought to have been given a a lot greater remuneration than he truly acquired. “He was by no means swayed by the industrial success of his movies and I feel he deserved rather more than he acquired. I might ask him why he did not cost extra as a result of he was the most important attract each movie that he acted in. But, he by no means insisted something on these traces.” However should not the Bengali filmmakers have began paying him extra on their very own? “Effectively you may say that,” stated Aparna Sen, “However then, most Bengali movies are made on a shoestring price range.”
Throughout his later years, there have been events when Soumitra Chatterjee advised Aparna Sen that he would not favor to say prolonged dialogues as there was a chance that he may neglect them. “I might inform him to only perceive the gist of the traces and convey it in his personal phrases; I advised him you may write for your self.”
“Bengal’s cultural sky has misplaced its brightest star,” Aparna Sen concluded.
Might Soumitrada’s soul relaxation in peace.