Indian Bengali filmmaker Buddhadeb Dasgupta dies

Culture Desk | Published: 14:30, Jun 10,2021


Buddhadeb Dasgupta. -- Photo Credit: The Indian Express

Eminent film director Buddhadeb Dasgupta died at his residence in Kolkata early Thursday due to old-age related ailments, family members said, reported the Hindu. 

He was 77.

Dasgupta is survived by his wife and two daughters from his previous marriage.

The national award-winning director was having kidney ailments for a long time and undergoing dialysis twice a week regularly, family members said.

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee condoled his death.

‘Saddened at the passing away of eminent filmmaker Buddhadeb Dasgupta. Through his works, he infused lyricism into the language of cinema. His death comes as a great loss for the film fraternity. Condolences to his family, colleagues and admirers,’ Banerjee said on Twitter.

Condoling his death, filmmaker Goutam Ghosh said, ‘Buddha da was making films, writing articles and active despite failing health. He had directed Tope and Urojahaz even when he was not well. It is a great loss for all of us.’

Prime minister Narendra Modi also expressed his condolences, and noted that his diverse works struck a chord with all sections of society.

Modi tweeted, ‘Anguished by the demise of Shri Buddhadeb Dasgupta. His diverse works struck a chord with all sections of society. He was also an eminent thinker and poet. My thoughts are with his family and several admirers in this time of grief. Om Shanti.’

He began his filmmaking career through a 10-minute documentary film titled ‘The Continent of Love’ in 1968.

He made first film Dooratwa in 1978.  He earned acclaim directing films namely Neem Annapurna in 1979, Grihajuddha in 1982, Andhi Gali in 1984, Bagh Bahadur in 1989, Tahader Katha in 1992, Charachar in 1993, Lal Darja in 1997, Swapner Din in 2004 and many others.

His collections of poems include Coffin Kimba, Chhaata Kahini, Roboter Gaan, Suitcase, Himjog, Govir Araley, Sreshtha Kabita, and Bhombaler Ascharya Kahini O Ananya Kabita.

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