Renowned Bengali filmmaker-poet Buddhadeb Dasgupta passes away

Multiple National Award-winning Bengali filmmaker and renowned poet Buddhadeb Dasgupta passed away at his South Kolkata residence on Thursday. The director was 77. He was suffering from kidney disease and undergoing regular dialysis.

Mourning Buddhadeb Dasgupta on Twitter, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee wrote: “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.”

Mourning his demise, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted: 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.”

Dasgupta was honored with the National Film Award for Best Direction for his films “Uttara” and “Swapner Din”, while his films “Bagh Bahadur”, “Charachar”, “Lal Darja”, “Mondo Meyer Upakhyan” and “Kaalpurush” were honored with the National Award for Best Film.

Apart from this, two of his films, “Dooratwa” and “Tahader Katha”, received the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Bengali.

Dasgupta also made a significant contribution to the world of Bengali poetry. His notable works include “Gobhir Araley”, “Himjog”, “Chhaata Kahini”, “Roboter Gaan”, and “Coffin Kimba Suitcase” among others.

His demise has left the film industry, his friends, followers, and cinema lovers in shock, who have expressed condolence on social media.

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