Buddhadeb Dasgupta: Veteran filmmaker Buddhadeb Dasgupta dies in Kolkata

Buddhadeb Dasgupta

Buddhadeb Dasgupta died at his residence in South Kolkata on Thursday morning. He died in his sleep at 6 in the morning. He had been suffering from kidney disease for a long time. Dialysis was going on. Kidney problems were associated with aging problems. He was 77 years old at the time of his death.

He won national awards as a director for ‘Swapner Din’ and ‘Uttara’. In addition, 5 of his films won the title of best film in the National Film Award competition. Two of his other films won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Bengal – ‘Duratwa’ and ‘Tahader Katha’.

Although he gained fame as a film director, he was also active in the literary world. There are several poems written by the poet Buddhadeb, which are still practiced today. Notable among his books of poetry are ‘Roboter Gaan’, ‘Chata Kahini’, ‘Govir Aarale’ etc.

Buddha spent his childhood in Anarat, South Purulia. Studied economics at the Scottish Church College. The Calcutta Film Society has played a major role in becoming a director from the world of education and literature. It was there that he met Charlie Chaplin, Ingmar Bergman, and Akira Kurosawa.

He was not a believer in retirement. Even in March, he was writing a new screenplay. Buddha was weaving the thread of a female detective story.

Chief minister Mamata Banerjee expressed her condolences. “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,” she tweeted.

Some of his prominent films include Tahader Katha, Bagh Bahadur, Charachar and Uttara. He received the National Film Award multiple times and in several categories, including best film, best direction, best screenplay and best feature film in Bengali.