mithun shettywrote on Jan 19 2009 1:17PM
Asist sen as the name recalls we remember of his typical bengali tone "Aeeeee shekhar babu aaj kyaaaaa kahengee aap" with slow dialogue delivery in each of his films. Asit Sen was the director of such well known films as Mamta (1966), Anokhi Raat (1968), Khamoshi (1969) and Amanush in Hindi and Chalachal (1956), Deep Jweley Jai (1959), Swaralipi (1961) and Uttar Falguni (1963) in Bengali.
While being a technically accomplished Director, Sen never used flashy technique to tell his stories. He always maintained that if you have to resort to technical gimmickery to prop up your film, it means you have nothing of substance to say! To him filmmaking was about sharing emotions, about pain. According to him if you haven't known pain, how can you call yourself a filmmaker!? In fact much of Asit Sen's style as a filmmaker was in the vein of Bimal Roy in its simultaneous assimilation of romantic Bengali literature, Hollywood and neo-realism. (In fact Bimal Roy produced two of his films in Hindi - Parivar (1956), his first Hindi Film and Apradhi Kaun (1957)). This is most apparent, particularly in the two films he did with Rajesh Khanna, perhaps his two most well known Hindi films - Khamoshi (1969) and Safar (1970).
Khamoshi was a remake of Deep Jweley Jai with Waheeda Rehman taking on the Suchitra Sen role. The film, in spite of exceptional performances particularly Waheeda Rehman's, superb B & W photography, haunting music by Hemanta Mukherjee (Humne Dekhi Hain Un Ankhon ki Mahekti Khushboo, Tum Pukar Lo, Woh Shyam Kuch Ajeeb Thi), however failed at the box-office. Safar, a remake of Chalachal and starring the top star pairing of the day of Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila Tagore, however was a success making it both one of Khanna's, Tagore's and Sen's best ever films.
Thereafter unfortunately Sen could never reach such highs again. None of his subsequent films came anywhere close to Mamta, Khamoshi or Safar. Bairaag (1976) starring Dilip Kumar in a triple role was a total disaster, ruined it is said by Dilip Kumar's interference and excesses. Sen directed his last film Pratigya in 1985.
Some of Sen's other films include Sharafat (1970), Annadata (1972), Anari (1975) and Mehndi (1983).