Kolkata: The health condition of octogenarian thespian Soumitra Chatterjee is more critical on Tuesday.
According to hospital sources, “Soumitra Chatterjee’s kidney is not working normally. The actor is on ventilation. It is kept at 40 per cent oxygen support. There is a risk of new infections in the lungs. Intestinal bleeding is under control.”
“Physicians use endotracheal intubation procedures in consultation with neurologists to ensure that breathing is normal”, according to hospital sources.
“The part of the brain that controls the function of the lungs is more likely to become inactive. In that case, Soumitra babu is at risk of suffocation and other infections in the lungs. So endotracheal intubation method is taken”, sources said.
According to hospital sources, “The amount of urea in Soumitrababu is higher than normal. So the advice of a kidney specialist is being taken. However, there is some control over the rate of platelet depletion and intestinal bleeding.”
Soumitrababu has received the ‘Officier des Arts et Metiers’, the highest award for arts given by the French government, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from Italy. He turned down the honorary Padma Shri Award from the Indian government in the 1970s in 2004, he accepted the prestigious Padma Bhushan Award from the President of India.
He has been the subject of a full-length documentary named Gaach by French film director Catherine Berge.
In 2012, he received the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, India’s highest award in cinema given by the government of India for lifetime achievement. He has won two National Film Awards as an actor, and as an actor in Bengali theatre, he received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1998, given by the Sangeet Natak Akademi, India’s National Academy of Music, Dance and Drama.