Kolkata: Veteran actress Lolita Chatterjee, who was recently seen in a key role in director Arindam Sil’s film Aschhe Abar Shabor, passed away in the city today. She was rushed to the hospital yesterday night after suffering a massive cardiac arrest. She was 81.
In a career spanning more than five decades, Lolita Chatterjee had worked with several leading directors in the Bengali film industry. She made her debut as a child artiste in Ananya in 1947. Her first starring role was in Bibhas (1964) opposite Bengal matinee idol Uttam Kumar. The film was directed by Binu Bardhan and had Kamal Mitra and Bikash Roy in other important roles.
She later worked with Uttam Kumar in several other films including Jay Jayanti (1971), Har Mana Har (1972), and others.
Known as a fashion icon in the Bengali film industry, Lolita had briefly dabbled in jatra, with Bharat Janani Indira Gandhi, and Banhisikha being major hits.
The actress appeared in several Hindi films as well along with stars like Rajesh Khanna, Tanuja, Mumtaz, Feroz Khan, and others. She was seen in films like Raat Andheri Thi (1967), Talash (1969), Pushpanjali (1970) Victoria No. 203 (1972), and Aap Ki Kasam (1974).
Her last film was Aditya Vikram Sengupta’s Jonaki which premiered at the Rotterdam film festival this year.