He was considered as one of the pioneers of the middle-of-the-road cinema, along with filmmakers like Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Basu Bhattacharya
Veteran Indian filmmaker-screenwriter Basu Chatterjee has passed away at the age of 93 in Mumbai on Thursday, following long age-related complications.
Basu Chatterjee was best known for directing films like Choti Si Baat, Rajnigandha, Baaton Baaton Mein, Ek Ruka Hua Faisla and Chameli Ki Shaadi, The Indian Express reported.
He was considered as one of the pioneers of the middle-of-the-road cinema, along with filmmakers like Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Basu Bhattacharya.
Chatterjee worked in Hindi as well as Bengali cinema. His films, which were considered to be more realistic, stood out as the 70s was the era of the ‘angry young man’ and action movies. He collaborated with Amol Palekar on films like Choti Si Baat, Rajnigandha and Chitchor, among many others, the report said.
He also collaborated with the superstars but presented them in unique avatars – Amitabh Bachchan in Manzil, Rajesh Khanna in Chakravyuh, Dev Anand in Man Pasand and Mithun Chakraborty in Shaukeen and Pasand Apni Apni.
During early days, Basu Chatterjee also helmed two hit TV serials – Byomkesh Bakshi and Rajani. Recently, Byomkesh Bakshi was re-aired in India during the lockdown, the report said.
In 1992, he was awarded National Film Award for Best Film on Family Welfare for his film Durga.