Kiran Malikwrote on Aug 11 2008 7:11PM
Basu Chatterjee was born on January 10, 1930 in Ajmer, Rajasthan, India and is a noted Indian Director. He is also a Writer, Producer, Second Unit Director or Assistant Director. His films are very similar to those of Hrishikesh Mukherjee. Like Mukherjee, he built his plots on middle-class lives During his seven long years as an active member of Film Forum, a film society, he was exposed to films from various countries like France, Italy, Sweden, Japan etc unlike others who could see only Hollywood films. Basu Chatterjee's entry into cinema was through this film society movement.
The exposure of other kind of cinema influenced him to make his first feature film Sara Akash (1970) which turned out to be a refreshingly novel attempt to depict the everyday middle-class milieu. It was an interesting success and thereafter he never looked back.
Sara Akash was followed by Rajanigadha (1974), Chitchor(1976), Chotti Si Baat (1975), Khatta Meetha (1978),Swami (1977), Shaukeen (1981) and many more which established him as the pioneer of the other kind of cinema. His forays into television serials also brought memorable soap operas like 'Rajani', 'Darpan', 'Kakkaji Kahin' and 'Byomkesh Bakshi'. Basu Chatterji's venture into Bengali cinema began with the film Hothat Brishti (1998), which is his 37th feature film.
Some of his best films are Dillagi, Chitchor, Choti Si Baat, Khatta Meetha. In Chitchor, K. J. Yesudas renders the beautiful songs: "Jab Deep Jale Aana...", "Gori tera gaon bada pyaara..." Ek Ruka Hua Faisla which was released in 1986 was a film that set him apart from many of his contemporaries. The entire film was shot in just one room except for a couple of scenes and he managed to extract the best performances from his entire starcast. He has directed many Bengali films. He has also directed the Detective Series for Doordarshan Byomkesh Bakshi. His film Chameli Ki Shaadi, is an usual Basu Chatterji movie with loads of comedy scenes. Most of his films have appealed to the audiences as well as the critics for the subtle humour that is portrayed and hence he didn’t go through any major failures in his film career.
He received awards for his commendable service to film Industry. He won Film fare Award for Best Screenplay for his movie Sara Akash (1969) Won Filmfare Critics Award for Best Film for Rajnigandha (1974) Won Filmfare Critics Award for Best Film for Swami (1977) Won Filmfare Critics Award for Best Film for Jeena Yahan (1979) Won National Film Award for Durga (1989) Won Filmfare Award for Best Screenplay for Kamla Ki Maut(1989)
He worked for 19 long years as a political cartoonist of BLITZ magazine. He became secretary of film forum, which became the largest film society of the country in the sixties. He was also the secretary of federation of film societies of India, Western region for quite sometime.