Renowned Filmmaker and screenwriter Basu Chatterjee passed away on Thursday morning in Mumbai due to age-related ailments. He was 93 years old. Filmmaker and Indian Film & TV Directors’ Association president Ashoke Pandit took to Twitter to share the news. He tweeted, “@ashokepandit I am extremely grieved to inform you all the demise of Legendary Filmmaker Basu Chatterjee ji. His last rites will be performed today at Santacruz cremation at 2 pm. It’s a great loss to the industry. Will miss you Sir. #RIPBasuChaterjee.”
Basu Chatterjee directed popular films like Choti Si Baat, Rajnigandha, Baaton Baaton Mein, Ek Ruka Hua Faisla and Chameli Ki Shaadi among others.
He worked in Hindi and Bengali cinema and his work is remembered till date. Apart from directing several off-beat films in the 70s, he also helmed two hit TV shows- Byomkesh Bakshi and Rajani. Recently, Byomkesh Bakshi was reaired during the lockdown. In 1992, he was awarded National Film Award for Best Film on Family Welfare for his film Durga.
Bollywood celebrities are mourning the demise of this huge loss.
Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar shared on Twitter, “Sad to hear the demise of Veteran Filmmaker Shri.Basu Chatterjee. Will be always remembered for his Light-Hearted comedies & Simplistic Films. #OmShanti.”
Director Ashwini Chaudhary tweeted, “Rest in peace Basu Da #Basuchatterjee . Prayers and strength to the family @guharupali @PintooGuha”
Suparn S Varma posted on Twitter, “A master passed away today. An institution of filmmaking. RIP #BasuChatterjee thank you sir”