Mumbai. Noted filmmaker and screenwriter Basu Chatterjee passed away in Mumbai on Thursday at the age of 93 due to age related ailments. He is known for his fine films like ‘Rajnigandha’ and ‘Chittor’. He was cremated at the Santacruz Crematorium Ghat at 2 pm on Thursday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also condoled the death of filmmaker Basu Chatterjee. PM Modi tweeted and wrote, ‘I am saddened by the news of Basu Chatterjee’s demise. His work was brilliant and sensitive. His work touched people. He showed the struggle of the people with simple and complex feelings on the screen. Condolences to his family and countless fans. om Shanti.. ‘
Sad to hear of the demise of Shri Basu Chatterjee. His works are brilliant and sensitive. It touched 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
Earlier, his death was confirmed by filmmaker Ashok Pandit, who is also the president of the Indian Film and TV Directors Association. Pandit tweeted, “I am very sad to inform you all about the demise of veteran filmmaker Basu Chatterjee. This is a huge loss for the film industry. Miss you sir
I am extremely grieved to inform you all of the demise of Legendary Filmmaker #BasuChatterjee ji. His last rites will be performed today at Santacruz West (Opp Police station) crematorium at 3 pm.
Considering a great loss to the industry. Will miss you sir. #RIPBasuChaterjee pic.twitter.com/2Jlu3AqdVX
– Ashoke Pandit (@ashokepandit) June 4, 2020
Chatterjee has made many memorable films in the seventies, which are still well liked by the audience today. Along with Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Basu Chatterjee also made films in low budgets, which usually showed the story of a common man.
Amol Palekar has been one of the main characters in his films like ‘Chhoti Baat’ (1975), ‘Chitchor’ (1976), ‘Rajnigandha’ (1974) and ‘Baat Baat Mein’ (1979), through which he created realistic, common Brought the story of humans to the audience. Talking about television, Chatterjee has also produced hit serials like ‘Byomkesh Bakshi’ and ‘Rajni’ on Doordarshan.
Her evergreen films include ‘Piya Ka Ghar’ (1972), ‘Khatta Meetha’, ‘Chakravyuh’ (1978), ‘Priyatma’ (1977), ‘Man Pyaar’, ‘Hamari Bahu Alka’, ‘Shaukeen’ (1982) and ‘Chameli Ki Shaadi’ (1986) etc. The 1997 film ‘Gudagudi’ was his last film, starring Anupam Kher and Pratibha Sinha in the lead roles. He was born on 10 January 1927 in Ajmer, Rajasthan. He had two daughters with him at the last moment.