Basu Chatterjee, veteran director-screenwriter best known for Rajnigandha, Baaton Baaton Mein, passes away aged 93
Basu Chatterjee passed away on Thursday in Mumbai following age-related ailments
Filmmaker Basu Chatterjee, best known for directing films like Choti Si Baat, Rajnigandha, and Baaton Baaton Mein, passed away on Thursday in Mumbai, following age-related ailments, reports The Indian Express. He was 93.
Through the 1970s and 1980s, he became associated with what came to be known as middle-of-the-road cinema, devoid of both the over-the-top treatment in mainstream cinema and the absolute reality of art cinema. Chatterjee's films found humour in the commonplace, sometimes within the escapades of a middle-class family in an urban setting or two lovers finding solace in the '70s Bombay.
Born in Ajmer, Chatterjee started his career as an illustrator and cartoonist with the weekly tabloid Blitz, published in Mumbai by Russi Karanjia. He made his directorial debut with Sara Akash in 1969, which won him the Filmfare Best Screenplay Award.
Some of his acclaimed films include Piya Ka Ghar, Us Paar, Chitchor, Swami, Khatta Meetha, Priyatama, Chakravyuha, Jeena Yahan, Apne Paraye, Shaukeen, Ek Ruka Hua Faisla, and Chameli Ki Shaadi among others.
He directed two episodes of TV shows Byomkesh Bakshi, and Rajani for Doordarshan, both of which were extremely successful.
Chatterjee was also a member of the International Film And Television Club of the Asian Academy of Film & Television.
A few celebrities paid tributes on social media
Saddened at the demise of legendary film director and screenwriter Basu Chatterjee. He gave us gems like 'Chhoti Si Baat', 'Chitchor', 'Rajanigandha', 'Byomkesh Bakshi', 'Rajni' among others. Condolences to his family, friends, fans & the entire film fraternity
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) June 4, 2020
My 1st job as an assistant director was with Basu Chatterjee for a Bengali tv serial shot in CR park, New Delhi.. May his soul Rest In Peace.
— Shoojit Sircar (@ShoojitSircar) June 4, 2020
T 3552 - Prayers and Condolences on the passing of Basu Chatterjee .. a quiet, soft spoken, gentle human .. his films reflected the lives of middle India .. did 'MANZIL' with him .. a sad loss .. 🙏
.. in these climes often remembered for 'rim jhim gire saawan'
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) June 4, 2020
Deeply saddened to hear about Basu Chatterjee’s passing away.A prolific filmaker, he was the pioneer of what came to be regarded as middle of the road cinema. I was fortunate to have done 3 lovely films with him Swami Apne Paraye and Jeena Yahan. All lifelike characters .RIP pic.twitter.com/tAN5vaTZiY
— Azmi Shabana (@AzmiShabana) June 4, 2020
Sad to hear of the demise of Shri Basu Chatterjee. His works are brilliant and sensitive. It touched people's hearts and represented the simple and complex emotions, as well as struggles of people. Condolences to his family and innumerable fans. Om Shanti.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 4, 2020
— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPKher) June 4, 2020
I am extremely grieved to inform you all the demise of Legendary Filmmaker Basu Chatterjee ji . His last rites will be performed today at Santacruz creamation at 2 pm.
It’s a great loss to the industry.
Will miss you Sir. #RIPBasuChaterjee. pic.twitter.com/wxjpg6SDgg
— Ashoke Pandit (@ashokepandit) June 4, 2020
Sad to hear the demise of Veteran Filmmaker Shri.Basu Chatterjee. Will be always remembered for his Light Hearted comedies & Simplistic Films. #OmShanti 💐🙏 pic.twitter.com/YllOjtP4U5 — Madhur Bhandarkar (@imbhandarkar) June 4, 2020
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