Dipen Guhawrote on Jul 19 2009 1:37AM
Basu Bhattachrya is one of the directors who can be called the master of the craft in the conjugal relationship. His creation of "Amar" and "Mansi" is the eternal document of the relationship between husband and wife.
Basu Bhattacharya was born in 1934 at a village of Murshidabad. In the '50s he became assistant director to Bimal Roy and later married his daughter Rinki. For several years, he served as the head of the Association of Film Directors of Bombay. With his very first film, "Teesri Kasam( The Third Vow, 1966) he reached considerable artistic heights and this film is consedered as "classic". It had magnificent acting by Raj Kapoor and Waheeda Rahman, and superb songs, which told the story of a platonic and rather improbable relationship between a simple villager and a travelling Kathak dancer. It is difficult to place Bhattachrya in the "New Cinema" movement because he belonges to a group of directors who were caught between the traditional school and the new trends of the 70s.
His trilogy on marriage : Anubhav (Exprience, 1971), Avishkar (Discovery, 1973) and Grihapravesh (Housewarming, 1979), is very different from the committed socio-political themes of many of his young colleagurs of the new movement--and also less innovative on the aesthetic plane. These films are however, subtle, contemporary and convincing in their of relating the day-to -day relationships of middle-class urban couples and with the ouside world. The same theme is explored further in the 1986 film "Panchvati (the first Indo-nepal co-production) about two brothers and how their relationship is disturbed when an attractive woman painter comes betwwn them. Basu has also made "Tumhara Kallo" and "Dacait", but they have nothing much to reckon with. "Aastha" was his last film, in which the director shows how a house wife, rather wilfully, becomes adulterous to her good husband as a result of consumerism. The house wife becoming a whore by circumstances and finally empties her emotions of guilt to her husband is the long and the short of this movie. Rekha has done one of her best job in this film. Basu Bhattacharya died in 1997. Some of his films will ever be the subjests of research by the generations to come.