MUMBAI: Celebrated screenplay writer and director Basu Chatterjee passed away in Mumbai on Thursday, June 4. He was known for his projects like 'Rajnigandha' and 'Chitchor'. Aged 93, he lost his life to age-related ailments.
His last rites were performed today itself on the Santacruz Crematorium. The filmmaker's passing was confirmed by Ashoke Pandit, another filmmaker and the president of Indian Film and TV Directors Association.
In his tweet, Pandit wrote, "I am extremely grieved to inform you all the demise of Legendary Filmmaker Basu Chatterjeeji. It's a great loss to the industry. Will miss you, Sir. #RIPBasuChaterjee."
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.— Ashoke Pandit (@ashokepandit) June 4, 2020
It’s a great loss to the industry. Will miss you Sir. #RIPBasuChaterjee pic.twitter.com/2Jlu3AqdVX
Chatterjee was a trailblazer of the 70s middle-of-the-road cinema. With Hrishikesh Mukherjee, he made small to medium budget projects from that era. It especially highlighted the everyday stories of commoners.
Apart from his presence in the cinematic world, Chaterjee also made iconic TV shows have 'Byomkesh Bakshi' and 'Rajani'. The thriller 'Byomkesh Bakshi' gained a cult status and has several avid fans in current times.
Some of the filmmaker's best works included Piya Ka Ghar" (1972), "Khatta Meetha", "Chakravyuha" (1978 film), "Priyatama" (1977), "Man Pasand", "Hamari Bahu Alka", "Shaukeen" (1982), and "Chameli Ki Shaadi" (1986).
The last project he worked on was 'Gudgudee' in the year 1997 where veteran actor Anupam Kher shared screens with Pratibha Sinha.
Chatterjee was born in the year 1927 on January 10 in Ajmer, Rajasthan. He had two daughters, Rupali and Sonali.