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Prolific Indian film director and screenwriter Basu Chatterjee passes away

Mumbai:4/6/20: Legendary Filmmaker Basu Chatterjee passed away on June 4, 2020 due to age-related health issues. He was 93.

Basu reportedly died in his sleep at his Santacruz residence. The news of his death was confirmed by Ashoke Pandit, president of the Indian Film & Television Directors’ Association (IFTDA ).

Pandit tweeted saying that veteran filmmaker passed away peacefully in h  is sleep in the morning.The IFTDA also mourned the demise of Legendary Filmmaker Basu Chatterjee, referring to him as a master of humour who delved into social and moral issues through his films.West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also tweeted to pay her condolences to Basu’s family, friends and fans and the film fraternity. She said that the legendary film director and screenwriter Basu Chatterjee had given gems like ‘Chhoti Si Baat’, ‘Chitchor’, ‘Rajanigandha’, ‘Byomkesh Bakshi’, ‘Rajni’ among others.

Who was Basu Chatterjee?

•  Basu Chatterjee was a prolific Indian film director and screenwriter. He along with other filmmakers such as Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Basu Bhattacharya were associated with what was later known as middle cinema or middle-of-the-road cinema during the 1970s and 1980s.

  Chatterjee’s films were known to be largely real-life, which dealt with light-hearted stories of middle-class families often in urban settings, focusing on marital and love relationships.

•  Some of his best works included Piya Ka Ghar (1972), Rajnigandha (1974), Us Paar, Chhoti Si Baat (1975), Chitchor (1976), Khatta Meetha, Chakravyuha (1978 film), Baton Baton Mein (1979), Priyatama (1977), Man Pasand, Hamari Bahu Alka, Shaukeen (1982)

•  His films – Ek Ruka Hua Faisla (1986) and Kamla Ki Maut (1989)- were exceptions from his usual work of art, as they dealt with social and moral issues.

•  The film Chameli Ki Shaadi (1986) was his last commercially successful movie.

•  He also directed the popular TV Series Byomkesh Bakshi and Rajani for Doordarshan, both of which were successful TV serials.

•  He was a member of the jury at the 10th Moscow International Film Festival in 1977. He was also a member of the International Film And Television Club of the Asian Academy of Film & Television.

•  He had won the National Film Award for Best Film on Family Welfare for his film Durga. Besides this, he had won the IIFA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007. He has also won several Filmfare awards.

Full List of Awards

2007: IIFA Lifetime Achievement Award

1992: National Film Award for Best Film on Family Welfare – Durga

1991: Filmfare Best Screenplay Award – Kamla Ki Maut

1980: Filmfare Critics Award for Best Movie – Jeena Yahan

1978: Filmfare Best Director Award – Swami

1977: Filmfare Best Screenplay Award – Chitchor Nominee

1976: Filmfare Best Screenplay Award – Chhoti Si Baat

1975: Filmfare Critics Award for Best Movie – Rajnigandha

1972: Filmfare Best Screenplay Award – Sara Akash

About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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