The veteran film-maker and screenwriter's last rites will be performed later this afternoon at the Santacruz crematorium.
Chatterjee's long career included critically-acclaimed films like 'Chhoti Si Baat', 'Baaton Baaton Mein' and 'Ek Ruka Hua Faisla' among others.
The Indian Film & TV Directors' Association confirmed the news on its official Twitter handle, saying, "IFTDA mourns the demise of Legendary Filmmaker Basu Chatterjee. A Master of Humour who delved into social and moral issues through his films.We pray to the almighty to bless his noble soul & give courage to his family to bear the irreplaceable loss."
IFTDA mourns the demise of Legendary Filmmaker Basu Chatterjee.A Master of Humour who delved into social and moral… https://t.co/W7Ksg7ITvq— Iftda India (@DirectorsIFTDA) 1591250784000
Ashoke Pandit, President, IFTDA, also took to the micro-blogging site to confirm the news, calling it "a great loss to the industry."
I am extremely grieved to inform you all the demise of Legendary Filmmaker Basu Chatterjee ji . His last rites will… https://t.co/0Ku835cLzp— Ashoke Pandit (@ashokepandit) 1591249088000
Along with his namesake Basu Bhattacharya and Hrishikesh Mukherjee, he was responsible for crafting an alternate cinema universe that was starkly different from the drama of Raj Kapoor and the action films channeled by the 'angry, young man' of the '70s. He, along with the others, carved a middle-of-the-road cinema that resonated strongly with middle-class India of the time which had only films as a refuge from reality.
Actor Anil Kapoor who starred in the director's 'Chameli Ki Shaadi', tweeted, "A director who was always ahead of his time.. Basu Chatterjee will be truly missed. He was an effortless genius and an amazing human being. May he rest in peace. "
A director who was always ahead of his time.. Basu Chatterjee will be truly missed. He was an effortless genius and… https://t.co/o4MszHbZCy— Anil Kapoor (@AnilKapoor) 1591260349000
Amitabh Bachchan remembered him as "a quiet, soft spoken, gentle human."
T 3552 - Prayers and Condolences on the passing of Basu Chatterjee .. a quiet, soft spoken, gentle human .. his fi… https://t.co/ZzEXdQ6m8Q— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) 1591258386000
Film-maker Shoojit Sircar recalled his first job working as an assistant director with Chatterjee.
My 1st job as an assistant director was with Basu Chatterjee for a Bengali tv serial shot in CR park, New Delhi.. M… https://t.co/MV5bqiqqFl— Shoojit Sircar (@ShoojitSircar) 1591256021000
Director Madhur Bhandarkar mourned the loss of the director, and said that he will be remembered for 'his light-hearted comedies and simplistic films'.
Sad to hear the demise of Veteran Filmmaker Shri.Basu Chatterjee. Will be always remembered for his Light Hearted… https://t.co/uaXVBYVzzw— Madhur Bhandarkar (@imbhandarkar) 1591251480000
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee also took to Twitter to offer condolences.
Saddened at the demise of legendary film director and screenwriter Basu Chatterjee. He gave us gems like 'Chhoti Si… https://t.co/klkq7seohl— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) 1591253764000
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4 Comments on this Story
Anand Patil31 days ago
There are directors who capitalize on current trends, and then there are directors who see, feel and think like ordinary people to bring them realities of ordinary struggles, day-to-day successes, pains, wishes, failures, simple successes, respect and above all sense of being a human being in our culture. When the only thing in Indian cinema was angry young man fighting and cursing, Sir Basu Chatterjee brought in a very very refreshing breeze of cinema which depicted struggling family, ordinary family, ordinary man/women who go to ordinary office, have ordinary conversations, life's simpler, refreshing, stories that we all take solace in. It takes a true genius to take this risk and show people that we all struggle for same things. That families build, have fun, have issues, that family relations are sometimes success and sometime failures too. I salute Sir Basu Chateerjee who like a true genius (like Hrishikesh Mukeerjee) was our eyes, mind, and heart to show us how 70s and 80s was. He was a candle in darkness that will forever remain lighted in my mind. He was a fresh mind who could take ordinary and make extraordinary without resorting to fight, crime, masala stories or use same formula like angry young man to show what only 0.005% of India could relate to. He made us relate to 90% of what ordinary Indians relate to. He was our soul, eyes, mind and heart.
Shasshikant Jeerage42 days ago
A Great Director to remember all time.
yignisol42 days ago
RIP sir.Amazing movies.Miss those dreamy and simple days