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    Basu Chatterjee, who enthralled India with 'Rajinigandha' and 'Chhoti si Baat', passes away; Big B, Anil Kapoor pay tribute


    The director gave a fresh spin to love stories in middle-class India through the '70s and '80s.

    Chatterjee's long career included critically-acclaimed films like 'Choti Si Baat', 'Baaton Baaton Mein' and 'Ek Ruka Hua Faisla' among others.
    The man who made middle-class love stories endearing and enigmatic at the same time through the '70s and '80s in India is no more. Basu Chatterjee, the director behind cult films like 'Rajnigandha' and 'Chitchor', passed away on Thursday due to age-related ailments. He was 93.

    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.

    Chatterjee with actor Amol Palekar.
    Chatterjee with actor Amol Palekar.

    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."

    Ashoke Pandit, President, IFTDA, also took to the micro-blogging site to confirm the news, calling it "a great loss to the industry."

    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. "

    Amitabh Bachchan remembered him as "a quiet, soft spoken, gentle human."

    Film-maker Shoojit Sircar recalled his first job working as an assistant director with Chatterjee.

    Director Madhur Bhandarkar mourned the loss of the director, and said that he will be remembered for 'his light-hearted comedies and simplistic films'.

    West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee also took to Twitter to offer condolences.

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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
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