Indian Film director-screenwriter Basu Chatterjee passes away

Indain Filmmaker-screenwriter Basu Chatterjee passes away on Thursday in Mumbai. His best known for directing films like Choti…

Indain Filmmaker-screenwriter Basu Chatterjee passes away on Thursday in Mumbai.

His best known for directing films like Choti Si Baat, Rajnigandha, Baaton Baaton Mein, and Chameli Ki Shaadi Etc.

The Ajmer-born filmmaker, a master of middle-class minutiae, passed away in Mumbai on Thursday. He was 90. “He hadn’t been keeping well for quite a while due to old age problems and died at his residence,” Ashoke Pandit, president, Indian Film & Television Directors’ Association told PTI.

Basu Chatterjee, along with filmmakers like Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Basu Bhattacharya, were pioneers of middle-of-the-road cinema.

Chatterjee worked in Hindi as well as Bengali cinema.

His films, which were considered to be more realistic, stood out as the 70s was the era of the ‘angry young man’ and action movies. He collaborated with Amol Palekar on films like Choti Si Baat, Rajnigandha and Chitchor among more.

Basu Chatterjee also collaborated with the superstars of the era but presented them in unique avatars – Amitabh Bachchan in Manzil, Rajesh Khanna in Chakravyuh, Dev Anand in Man Pasand AND Mithun Chakraborty in Shaukeen and Pasand Apni Apni.

His 1986 film Ek Ruka Hua Faisla was an Indian adaptation of Twelve Angry Men, and is remembered till date.

During the early Doordarshan days, Basu Chatterjee also helmed two hit TV serials – Byomkesh Bakshi and Rajani. Recently, Byomkesh Bakshi was re-aired during the lockdown.

In 1992, he was awarded National Film Award for Best Film on Family Welfare for his film Durga.

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