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Filmmaker Basu Chatterjee passes away

I am grateful to Basu Chatterjee for introducing me to films with ‘Hothat Brishti’: Ferdous
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Filmmaker Basu Chatterjee passes away
Ferdous has done four films with legendary filmmaker Basu Chatterjee, who passed away today in Mumbai, Photo Courtesy

Filmmaker-screenwriter Basu Chatterjee, best known for directing films like Choti Si Baat, Rajnigandha, Baaton Baaton Mein, Ek Ruka Hua Faisla and Chameli Ki Shaadi among more, passed away on Thursday in Mumbai, following age-related ailments. He was 93.

For popular Bangladeshi actor Ferdous Ahmed, the demise of veteran filmmaker Basu Chatterjee is like losing his own father.

The pain he had felt when his father passed away in 2000, Ferdous felt a similar kind of and numbness today when he heard the director of Chitchor, Baton Baton Mein, Rajnigandha, Ek Ruka Hua Faisla had breathed his last at the age of 93 in Mumbai on Thursday. And why won’t he? Ferdous says, he owes his film career to Basu Chatterjee and had the director not been there, the actor would have been in some other profession by now.

In 1998, Ferdous made his debut in Basu Chatterjee’s film alongside Priyanka Trivedi in Hothat Brishti. The film, a joint production by India and Bangladesh, was a huge hit and was later remade in Hindi in 1999 as Sirf Tum. After that, Ferdous worked with Basu Chatterjee in three more films — Chupi Chupi, Tak Jhal Mishti and Hothat Sedin — making him one of the few lucky actors in Bengali cinema to have worked with the legendary director in four films.

“After my parents, I am grateful to Basu da. If Basu da did not direct in Hothat Brishti, I would have been a different person today… in a different profession. I would have not been the actor Ferdous, whom people know and recognise. So, I am most grateful to Basu da in my career for having given me a film called Hothat Brishti and introducing me into the world of light, camera and action,” says Ferdous from Bangladesh.

Ferdous also informs that they were supposed to do the fifth film too, titled Biyer Phade. “We were planning the fifth film after Hothat Sedin. But then he left us. I express my condolence to his entire family on behalf on my family and Bangladesh. Basu da will forever remain in our hearts,” says Ferdous.

Filmmaker and Indian Film & TV Directors’ Association president Ashoke Pandit took to Twitter to share the news. He tweeted, “@ashokepandit 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.”

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.

Celebrities took to social media to mourn the demise of Basu Chatterjee.

Madhur Bhandarkar shared on Twitter, “Sad to hear the demise of Veteran Filmmaker Shri.Basu Chatterjee. Will be always remembered for his Light Hearted comedies & Simplistic Films. #OmShanti”

Director Ashwini Chaudhary tweeted, “Rest in peace Basu Da #Basuchatterjee . Prayers and strength to the family @guharupali @PintooGuha”

Suparn S Varma posted on Twitter, “A master passed away today. An institution of filmmaking. RIP #BasuChatterjee thank you sir”

Basu Chatterjee is survived by daughters, Sonali Bhattacharya and Rupali Guha.




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