Kolkata:10/6/21: Eminent film director Buddhadeb Dasgupta died at his residence here early on Thursday due to age-related ailments, family members said. He was 77. Buddhadeb Dasgupta, along with Goutam Ghose and Aparna Sen, was the flag-bearer of the parallel cinema movement in Bengal for much of the 1980s and 1990s. A film with the auteur ensured a coveted National Award win for mainstream actors. His earlier films like Dooratwa (1978), Grihajuddha (1982), and Andhi Gali (1984) focused on the Naxalite movement in Bengal and how it shaped the collective consciousness of Bengalis.
The celebrated director had won National Film Award for Best Feature Film five times in his career including Bagh Bahadur (1989), Charachar (1993), Lal Darja (1997), Mondo Meyer Upakhyan (2002) and Kaalpurush (2008), while his films Dooratwa (1978) and Tahader Katha (1993) won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Bengali. He was also honoured with Best Director Award for his films Uttara (2000) and Swapner Din (2005).
A famous poet, his published works of poetry include Suitcase, Himjog, Govir Araley, Coffin Kimba, Chhaata Kahini, Roboter Gaan, Sreshtha Kabita, and Bhomboler Ascharya Kahini O Ananya Kabita.
Dasgupta is survived by his wife and two daughters from his previous marriage.The National Award-winning director had kidney ailments for a long time and was undergoing dialysis twice a week regularly, family members said.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee condoled his death.
“Saddened at the passing away of eminent filmmaker Buddhadeb Dasgupta. Through his works, he infused lyricism into the language of cinema. His death comes as a great loss for the film fraternity. Condolences to his family, colleagues and admirers,” Banerjee said on Twitter.
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has expressed deep sorrow on the demise of filmmaker, thinker and poet Shri Buddhadeb Dasgupta.
In a tweet, The Prime Minister said:
“Anguished by the demise of Shri Buddhadeb Dasgupta. His diverse works struck a chord with all sections of society. He was also an eminent thinker and poet. My thoughts are with his family and several admirers in this time of grief. Om Shanti.”
Dasgupta was known for helming movies such as ‘Bagh Bahadur’, ‘Tahader Katha’, ‘Charachar’ and ‘Uttara’.
Condoling his death, filmmaker Goutam Ghosh said, “Buddha da was making films, writing articles and active despite failing health. He had directed Tope and Urojahaz even when he was not well. It is a great loss for all of us.”