Basu Chatterjee No More

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The man who made middle-class love stories endearing and enigmatic through the ’70s and ’80s in India is no more. Basu Chatterjee, the director behind cult films like Rajnigandha and Chitchorand others passed away on June 4th 2020.

Chatterjee’s long career included critically-acclaimed films like Chhoti Si Baat, Baaton Baaton Mein and Ek Ruka Hua Faisla among others. Basu Chatterjee worked in Hindi as well as Bengali cinema. His films, were considered to be more realistic, stood out from the others of his era.

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 directed two hit TV serials Byomkesh Bakshi and Rajani. Recently, Byomkesh Bakshi was re-aired during the ongoing lockdown.

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

Basu Chatterjee is survived by daughters, Sonali Bhattacharya and Rupali Guha, our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family.

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