UPDATED: June 10, 2021 17:04 IST
Eminent film director Buddhadeb Dasgupta died at his residence here early on Thursday due to old-age related ailments, family members said. He was 77.
Dasgupta is survived by his wife and two daughters from his previous marriage.
The National Award-winning director was having kidney ailments for a long time and undergoing dialysis twice a week regularly, family members said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to condole Buddhadeb Dasgupta’s death. “Anguished by the demise of Shri Buddhadeb Dasgupta. His diverse works struck a chord with all sections of society. He was also an eminent thinker and poet. My thoughts are with his family and several admirers in this time of grief. Om Shanti (sic),” he tweeted.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also paid a tribute to Buddhadeb Dasgupta. “Saddened at the passing away of eminent filmmaker Buddhadeb Dasgupta. Through his works, he infused lyricism into the language of cinema. His death comes as a great loss for the film fraternity. Condolences to his family, colleagues and admirers,” Banerjee said on Twitter.
Condoling his death, filmmaker Goutam Ghosh said, “Buddha da was making films, writing articles and active despite failing health. He had directed Tope and Urojahaz even when he was not well. It is a great loss for all of us.”
Buddhadeb Dasgupta (11 February 1944 – 10 June 2021) was an Indian poet and Bengali filmmaker, most known for films like Bagh Bahadur, Tahader Katha, Charachar and Uttara. Five of his films have won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film, Bagh Bahadur (1989), Charachar (1993), Lal Darja (1997), Mondo Meyer Upakhyan (2002) and Kaalpurush (2008), while Dooratwa (1978) and Tahader Katha (1993) have won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Bengali. As a director, he has won National Film Award for Best Direction twice, for Uttara (2000) and Swapner Din (2005). Over the years he has published several works of poetry including Govir Araley, Coffin Kimba Suitcase, Himjog, Chhaata Kahini, Roboter Gaan, Sreshtha Kabita, and Bhomboler Ascharya Kahini O Ananya Kabita.