Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 10 June expressed condolence on the passing away of eminent film director Buddhadeb Dasgupta. In a tweet, Prime Minister Modi said that Dasgupta was an eminent thinker and poet.
“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,” the Prime Minister said on Twitter.
Buddhadeb Dasgupta died at his residence in Kolkata early on 10 June due to old-age related ailments, family members said. He was 77.
The national award-winning director was having kidney ailments for a long time and undergoing dialysis twice a week, family members said.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee condoled his death.
“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.”
Some of his prominent films include Tahader Katha, Bagh Bahadur, Charachar and Uttara. He received the National Film Award multiple times and in several categories, including best film, best direction, best screenplay and best feature film in Bengali.
He received accolades at the Venice Film Festival, Locarno Film Festival, Asia Pacific Film Festival and Bangkok International Film Festival.
Some of his earlier films, such as Grihajuddha and Andhi Gali, focused on the Maoist movement in Bengal and how it shaped the collective consciousness of Bengalis.