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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.

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Last Updated: Jun 04, 2020, 03.35 PM IST
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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