Noted filmmaker Buddhadeb Dasgupta dies at 77; PM Modi, Mamata Banerjee pay rich tributes

Kolkata: Bengali filmmaker and renowned poet Buddhadeb Dasgupta passed away on Thursday around 6 a.m. at his South Kolkata residence. He was 77. He was suffering from a kidney ailment and passed away peacefully while sleeping. 

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.”

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted: “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.”

“Deeply saddened to hear about the demise of Buddhadeb Dasgupta. He was an eminent filmmaker & his death comes as a great loss for the film fraternity. My condolences to his family, colleagues and countless admirers,” posted state Transport Minister Firhad Hakim.

Bengali filmmaker Raj Chakrabarty, in his eulogy, wrote: “Recipient of numerous National and International honours, legendary filmmaker and renowned poet, #BuddhadebDasgupta has passed away. Sincere condolences to his family and friends.”

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

He was also a renowned figure in the world of Bengali poetry. His notable works include “Gobhir Araley”, “Himjog”, “Chhaata Kahini”, “Roboter Gaan”, and “Coffin Kimba Suitcase” among others.

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