Legendary filmmaker, Buddhadeb Dasgupta has died in Kolkata at the age of 77. The director was reportedly suffering from kidney ailments and undergoing regular dialysis. Moments after his death, West Bengal’s Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee took to Twitter to share her grief. “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 wrote.
In the 1980s and 1990s, Dasgupta, alongwith his peers like Goutam Ghose and Aparna Sen were crucial in giving a direction to parallel cinema in Bengal. The celebrated filmmaker also won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film five times for Bagh Bahadur (1989), Charachar (1993), Lal Darja (1997), Mondo Meyer Upakhyan (2002) and Kaalpurush (2008). Besides that, he also won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Bengali for Dooratwa (1978) and Tahader Katha (1993). He was given the Best Director Award for his films Uttara (2000) and Swapner Din (2005). Dasgupta’s earlier films like Dooratwa (1978), Grihajuddha (1982) and Andhi Gali (1984) shone light on the Naxalite situation in Bengal and its effects on the Bengali community.