Filmmaker and screenplay writer Basu Chatterjee, best known for portraying middle class India with its realism and hope through such films like Rajnigandha and Chitchor, passed away in Mumbai on Thursday. He was 93 and the cause of his death is cited as age-related ailments.
Filmmaker Ashoke Pandit, president of Indian Film and TV Directors Association, took to twitter to confirm the news. He tweeted, “I am extremely grieved to inform you all the demise of Legendary Filmmaker Basu Chatterjee ji. It’s a great loss to the industry. Will miss you, Sir.” He also posted about Chatterjee’s last rites, which were performed at the Santacruz Crematorium at 3 pm yesterday.
Born in Ajmer, Rajasthan, on January 10, 1930, Chatterjee began his career as an illustrator and cartoonist at the weekly tabloid Blitz. After working there for 18 years, he switched to filmmaking and made his directorial debut with Teesri Kasam, starring Raj Kapoor and Waheeda Rehman, an ode to aspiration and wish fulfilment, a bridge he traversed in his many other films. Chatterjee was known for his innovations in cinema, which will be known for decades to come.
He scored on TV too. It was his Byomkesh Bakshi (1993) that grew to be the most loved series for India in the days of State television. Yet the show became such a huge success that even subsequent generations became fans. This is why it made a comeback with a second season in 1997 and continues to have re-runs on Doordarshan.
Known to be a pioneer of the 70s’ middle-of-the-road cinema, along with Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Chatterjee’s film made it from small to medium-budget entertainers of the time and highlighted the everyday stories of common people, much like the genre of realism widely be seen in Bollywood today.
Besides a National Film Award for Best Film on Family Welfare (for Durga), Basu Chatterjee also won Filmfares for best screenplay for many of his films.
Friday, 05 June 2020 | PNS | New Delhi
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