Basu Chatterjee dies at 93: The legendary film director and screenwriter Basu Chatterjee breathed his last in Mumbai on Thursday. The filmmaker died due to age related ailments. He is known for directing films like ‘Chhoti Baat’, ‘Rajinigandha’, ‘Baat Baat Mein’, ‘Ek Rukta Hua Decay’ and ‘Chameli Ki Shaadi’. Basu Chatterjee was 93 when he breathed his last.
The death of Basu Chatterjee has been shared by filmmaker and president of the Association of Indian Film and TV Directors Ashok Pandit on Twitter. He wrote, ‘I am very sad to inform about the demise of Ashok Pandit veteran filmmaker Basu Chatterjee. His funeral will be performed at 2 pm today in Santa Cruz. This is a major loss for the industry. You will always remember 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 crematorium at 2 pm.
– Ashoke Pandit (@ashokepandit) June 4, 2020
Bollywood’s famous producer and director Madhur Bhandarkar tweeted, “Very sad to hear the news of the demise of producer Mr. Basu Chatterjee. He will always be remembered for light hearted comedy and simplest films. # om Shanti’
– Madhur Bhandarkar (@imbhandarkar) June 4, 2020
Basu Chatterjee started his career as a cartoonist and illustrator for a magazine. He devoted 18 years to this work. He then decided to pursue a career as a filmmaker and worked as an assistant in the 1966 Raj Kapoor and Waheeda Rehman starrer film Teri Kasam. The film also won the National Award.
Basu Chatterjee then directed over 10 successful films. He tasted success with the film ‘Sara Akash’ released in 1969. For this film he won an award for screenplay. His work was well appreciated in many films like ‘Piya Ka Ghar’, ‘Uss Paar’, ‘Chhoti Baat’, ‘Chitchor’, ‘Jeena Here’ and ‘Baat Baat Mein’. Apart from Hindi films, he also made a mark in Bengali cinema. Chatterjee also directed successful TV series like Byomkesh Bakshi and Rajni.