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.
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.
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."
IFTDA mourns the demise of Legendary Filmmaker Basu Chatterjee.A Master of Humour who delved into social and moral… https://t.co/W7Ksg7ITvq— Iftda India (@DirectorsIFTDA) 1591250784000
Ashoke Pandit, President, IFTDA, also took to the micro-blogging site to confirm the news, calling it "a great loss to the industry."
I am extremely grieved to inform you all the demise of Legendary Filmmaker Basu Chatterjee ji . His last rites will… https://t.co/0Ku835cLzp— Ashoke Pandit (@ashokepandit) 1591249088000
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. "
A director who was always ahead of his time.. Basu Chatterjee will be truly missed. He was an effortless genius and… https://t.co/o4MszHbZCy— Anil Kapoor (@AnilKapoor) 1591260349000
Amitabh Bachchan remembered him as "a quiet, soft spoken, gentle human."
T 3552 - Prayers and Condolences on the passing of Basu Chatterjee .. a quiet, soft spoken, gentle human .. his fi… https://t.co/ZzEXdQ6m8Q— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) 1591258386000
Film-maker Shoojit Sircar recalled his first job working as an assistant director with Chatterjee.
My 1st job as an assistant director was with Basu Chatterjee for a Bengali tv serial shot in CR park, New Delhi.. M… https://t.co/MV5bqiqqFl— Shoojit Sircar (@ShoojitSircar) 1591256021000
Director Madhur Bhandarkar mourned the loss of the director, and said that he will be remembered for 'his light-hearted comedies and simplistic films'.
Sad to hear the demise of Veteran Filmmaker Shri.Basu Chatterjee. Will be always remembered for his Light Hearted… https://t.co/uaXVBYVzzw— Madhur Bhandarkar (@imbhandarkar) 1591251480000
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee also took to Twitter to offer condolences.
Saddened at the demise of legendary film director and screenwriter Basu Chatterjee. He gave us gems like 'Chhoti Si… https://t.co/klkq7seohl— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) 1591253764000