By Sarita Rautela
Mumbai: Veteran film director and screenwriter Basu Chatterjee died due to his age related health issues at 93. He took his last breath this morning at his Mumbai residence peacefully. He was the one who gave us unforgettable stories like Uss paar, Chotti Si Baat (1975), Chitchor (1976), Rajnigandha (1974), Piya Ka Ghar (1972), Khatta Meetha , Chakarvyuh(1978 film), Baton Baton Mein (1979), Priyatama (1977), Man Pasand, Hamari Bahu Alka, Shaukeen (1982) and many more.
He crafted an alternative for cinema which was totally different from the action films of 70’s. He carved on middle-class India which had only films as a refuge from reality. He directed films showing middle class love like Chameli ki Shadi which was his last commercially successful movie. Basu not only directed films but he also gave us hit TV serials like Byomkesh Bakshi and Rajani.
His fans included all strata of society. Right from Prime minister Narendra Modi to all who mattered in Bollywood, all are pouring rich tributes to the great director.
PM Narendra Modi tweeted “Sad to hear of the demise of Shri Basu Chatterjee. His works are brilliant and sensitive. It touched people’s hearts and represented the simple and complex emotions, as well as struggles of people. Condolences to his family and innumerable fans. Om Shanti”.
Legendary Actor Amitabh Bachchan said a sad loss and tweeted “Prayers and Condolences on the passing of Basu Chatterjee .. a quiet, soft spoken, gentle human .. his films reflected the lives of middle India .. did ‘MANZIL’ with him .. a sad loss . .. in these climes often remembered for ‘rim jhim gire saawan’.”
Remembering his first job, Director Shoojit Sircar tweeted “My 1st job as an assistant director was with Basu Chatterjee for a Bengali tv serial shot in CR park, New Delhi.. May his soul Rest In Peace”.
If awards have to measure achievements of a person then Basu had had many accolades for his movies. He had won IIFA Lifetime achievement award for his contribution to Indian cinema. In 1992 he was awarded as National Film Award For Best Film on family Welfare for his movie Durga, Filmfare Best Screenplay Award(1991) for Kamal ki Maut (1976), Chhoti Si Baat and Sara Akash(1972), Filmfare Critics Award for Best Movie Jeena Yahan (1980) for Rajnigandha (1975), and Filmfare Best Director Award for Swami (1978).