Kolkata: Legendary Bengali filmmaker Buddhadeb Dasgupta died at the age of 77 this morning, of age-related complications. He was in his South Kolkata residence when he breathed his last.
He is survived by his wife and two daughters. Of all the films he wrote and directed, five movies – Bagh Bahadur, Charachar, Lal Darja, Mondo Meyer Upakhyan and Kaalpurush – won the National Awards for Best Film while his 2000’s Uttara and 2005’s Swapner Din fetched him the National Film Awards for Best Direction.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “Anguished by the demise of Shri Buddhadeb Dasgupta. His diverse works struck a chord with all sections of society. He was also an eminent thinker and poet. My thoughts are with his family and several admirers in this time of grief. Om Shanti.”
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee posted, “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.”