Renowned Bengali filmmaker Buddhadeb Dasgupta died at the age of 77 on June 10. He was suffering from a kidney ailment. Buddhadeb Dasgupta, who was also a celebrated poet, had won several National Awards for his contribution to Bengali cinema. Mourning Buddhadeb Dasgupta on Twitter, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee wrote, “His death comes as a great loss for the film fraternity.” Prime Minister Narendra Modi also condoled his death. Buddhadeb Dasgupta, along with Goutam Ghose and Aparna Sen, was the flag-bearer of the parallel cinema movement in Bengal for much of the 1980s and 1990s. A film with the auteur ensured a coveted National Award win for mainstream actors. His earlier films like Dooratwa (1978), Grihajuddha (1982) and Andhi Gali (1984) focused on the Naxalite movement in Bengal and how it shaped the collective consciousness of Bengalis. Buddhadeb Dasgupta was known for directing critically-acclaimed films like Uttara, Bagh Bahadur, Tahader Katha and Charachar. Of all the films he wrote and directed, five movies - Bagh Bahadur, Charachar, Lal Darja, Mondo Meyer Upakhyan and Kaalpurush - won the National Awards for Best Film while his 2000's Uttara and 2005's Swapner Din fetched him the National Film Awards for Best Direction. Watch the video to know more.
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