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Prolific & National Award-Winning Director Buddhadeb Dasgupta Died At The Age Of 77

Veteran filmmaker and one of the greatest directors in Indian cinema, Buddhadeb Dasgupta died at the age of 77 on June 10 in Kolkata. The critically acclaimed director Dasgupta was suffering from kidney related ailments for quite some time.

"Dasgupta who bagged 12 National Awards in his lifetime was liberal in his views and have criticised several political activities in recent times. He is survived by his wife Sohini Dasgupta, also a film-maker, and two daughters."

Born on 11 February 1944, in Purulia, Buddhadeb Dasgupta was a highly acclaimed Indian Bengali film-maker and poet. He has bagged many national and international awards and thus brought acclamation to the entire film fraternity. He graduated from the Scottish Church College in Kolkata and started his career as a lecturer in economics at the Shyamsundar College.

In 1976, he turned to film-making and took to making documentaries in the late 1960s. He started his career in to film making with a documentary of 10 minutes in 1968- The Continent of Love. Dasgupta eventually made his first full-length feature film- Dooratwa (Distance) in 1978. Among his finest works into film- making include films like Phera (1988), Bagh Bahadur (1989), Tahader Katha (1992), Charachar (1994), Uttara (2000), Mondo Meyer Upakhyan (2002), Kalpurush (2005) and Tope (2016).

The subject for most of his films was drawn from the Bengali literature that mainly dealt with rural Bengal. But while filming he took the stories beyond realism, and often adds an element of fantasy, magic, realism and the lyricism of poetry bringing the images to life on screen.

A poet at heart, film-maker- Buddhadeb Dasgupta won five national awards for Best Film and two for Best Director. The subject and treatment of his films were able to take the audience beyond realism and exploited them to magic realism and at times surrealism.

He was honoured with “Lifetime Achievement Award” at Spain International Film Festival in Madrid (2008) and Golden Award in Athens International Film Festival, Golden Bear Award at Berlin International Film Festival and also awarded with several other honours.

Many from the film fraternity and politics expressed condolences for his death and many said that his demise came as a huge shocker for Indian cinema. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee expressed condolences over his death and said that his death is an irreparable loss to the film fraternity.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also expressed his grief on Thursday at the death of the veteran film director Buddhadeb Dasgupta. PM Modi said his diverse works struck a chord with all sections of society.