National Award-winning Bengali filmmaker Buddhadeb Dasgupta dead

National Award-winning Bengali filmmaker Buddhadeb Dasgupta, known for delving into magic realism through his works, passed away on Thursday

Jun 10, 2021
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Bengali filmmaker Buddhadeb Dasgupta

National Award-winning Bengali filmmaker Buddhadeb Dasgupta, known for delving into magic realism through his works, passed away on Thursday. He was 77.

He was suffering from kidney disease and was undergoing dialysis, IBNS said. 

Dasgupta, who was known for his parallel cinema, directed films like Bagh Bahadur, Tahader Katha (earned actor Mithun Chakraborty a national award), Charachar and Uttara.

Five of his films that had won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film are Bagh Bahadur, Charachar, Lal Darja, Mondo Meyer Upakhyan and Kaalpurush.

His two films, Dooratwa and Tahader Katha, had won the National Film Award for Best Feature in Bengali.

Uttara and Swapner Din were the two films that had earned him the National Film Award for Best Direction. Several of his films had featured popular commercial film actors like Mithun Chakraborty and Prosenjit Chatterjee in offbeat roles. Ami, Yasin Ar Amar Madhubala (English: The Voyeurs) made in 2007 starred Prosenjit Chatterjee who also acted in Swapner Din.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui acted in his 2013 dark comedy Anwar Ka Ajab Kissa (Sniffer).

Besides being a filmmaker, Dasgupta, a poet, had published poems like Govir Araley, Coffin Kimba Suitcase, Roboter Gaan, Sreshtha Kabita

One of the most internationally celebrated Indian filmmakers post the era of Satyajit Ray and Mrinal Sen, Buddhadeb Dasgupta with his trademark magic realism probed the effects of blind consumerism, crumbling family bonds and receding innocence in modern lives. Dasgupta’s films can be placed in the same genre as that of the late Soviet filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky’s, marked as they are by a non-narrative poetic style. 

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."

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted, "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 f

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