Tue. Jun 22nd, 2021
National award-winning filmmaker Buddhadeb Dasgupta dies at 77

Kolkata: Eminent movie director Buddhadeb Dasgupta, who had been battling kidney ailments for very some time, died at his residence right here early on Thursday following a cardiac arrest, family members members mentioned. He was 77.

The nationwide award-winning director is survived by his wife, and two daughters from a past marriage.

Extending her condolences to the ace director’s good friends and family members, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted, “Saddened at the passing away of eminent filmmaker Buddhadeb Dasgupta. Via his will work, he infused lyricism into the language of cinema. His death comes as a good reduction for the movie fraternity.”

Dasgupta was observed motionless by his wife, Sohini, at his residence in Kalikapur spot of the city at six am, in accordance to the family members members.

He suffered cardiac arrest in his rest, they extra.

Mourning his demise, filmmaker Goutam Ghosh mentioned, “Buddha da continued to make movies, publish posts and remain lively, in spite of his failing wellness. He had directed ‘Tope’ and ‘Urojahaz’ even when he was unwell. It is a good reduction for all of us.”

Actor-director Aparna Sen mentioned Dasgupta’s movies had been “soaked in surrealism”.

“I am unhappy that I will not be capable to bid a ultimate farewell to Buddhadeb da at the crematorium like I did in the situation of Mrinal da. It is upsetting that we can’t give due recognition to a director of his calibre, due to this COVID pandemic and the lockdown,” Sen mentioned.

Actor and theatre persona Kaushik Sen mentioned Dasgupta was in the league of filmmakers this kind of as Satyajit Ray, Ritwik Ghatak and Mrinal Sen, “who took Bengali cinema to international platforms”.

“He had usually been accused of building cinema in a design that was not simply understood by the masses. But he caught to that design, never ever deviated from what he believed in,” Sen mentioned.

Born in 1944 in Purulia, Dasgupta started his occupation as a lecturer in a school just before taking a plunge into filmmaking in the 70s, following acquiring enrolled his title as a member of Calcutta Movie Society.

He produced his initial function movie ‘Dooratwa’ in 1978, leaving his mark as a poet-lyricist-director.

Prior to that, he had produced a brief ‘Samayer Kache’.

Some of the notable movies he has helmed include things like ‘Neem Annapurna’, ‘Grihajuddha’, ‘Bagh Bahadur’, ‘Tahader Katha’, ‘Charachar’, ‘Lal Darja’, ‘Uttara’, ‘Swapner Din’, ‘Kaalpurush’ and ‘Janala’.

He had also directed Hindi movies — ‘Andhi Gali’ and ‘Anwar Ka Ajab Kissa’.

Dasgupta — who bagged twelve nationwide awards in his lifetime — was liberal in his views, acquiring criticized various political pursuits in latest occasions.

He stood by younger filmmaker Anik Dutta when anti-establishment ‘Bhobisyoter Bhoot’ was withdrawn from theatres in the city 1 week following release.

A recipient of Venice movie festival silver lion, Locarno critics’ award and Locarno Specific Jury award, the auteur, following 1 of his ventures did not get a industrial release a couple of many years in the past, had advised PTI, “It hurts me when my movie will get acknowledged internationally but does not hit the theatres in Kolkata and the rest of Bengal. But there is a solid distribution lobby at perform.” 


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