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Basu Chatterjee, Bengali Film Director
Basu Chatterjee is an Indian film director. His films revolve round the lives of the middle-class people. With his immense talent he carved a niche in the arena of direction.
 Basu Chatterjee, Bengali Film DirectorBasu Chatterjee is an Indian movie director hailing from Ajmer, Rajasthan. After having worked 18 years as a cartoonist and illustrator for the famous weekly tabloid, Blitz, and also assisting Basu Bhattacharya on his film, Teesri Kasam (1966) Basu Chatterjee himself turned to direction and made his first film, Sara Akash in 1969. Quite prolific today he has made more than 40 films. His very first film was heralded as one of the 3 films, along with those of Mani Kaul and Mrinal Sen which ushered in the era of New Cinema. This film was shot on real locations in black and white to emphasize the gloomy atmosphere in the town and family where the story is set.

However, Sara Akash was perhaps the first and last of Basu Chatterjee's films that was in vein of the New Cinema. His later films were more commercial yet they differed from the usual Hindi flicks. His protagonists always seem to be next door neighbours. Another impressive film by Chatterjee was made in 1997, based on the novel by Sarat Chandra Chatterjee. The name of the movie was Swami. It starred Girish Raghunath Karnad and Shabana Azmi.

Kamala ki Maut (1989) was a sensitive film. The story was about a family where the 20 year girl commits suicide. As the film progresses one finds out that the incident traumatizes another family in the neighbourhood consisting of a couple and their two daughters.

Basu Chatterjee's Triya Charitra (1995) once again reflected the impact of the auteur cinema. The film starred Om Puri and Naseeruddin Shah. Once again this movie deals with women and society.

Awards of Basu Chatterjee
* 2007: IIFA Lifetime Achievement Award
* 1991: Filmfare Best Screenplay Award - Kamla Ki Maut
* 1980: Filmfare Critics Award for Best Movie - Jeena Yahan
* 1977: Filmfare Best Director Award - Swami
* 1976: Filmfare Best Screenplay Award - Chhoti Si Baat
* 1975: Filmfare Critics Award for Best Movie - Rajnigandha
* 1972: Filmfare Best Screenplay Award - Sara Akash

Filmography of Basu Chatterjee

As Dialogue Writer
* Lakhon Ki Baat (1984)
* Hamari Bahu Alka (1982)
* Dillagi (1978)
* Khatta Meetha (1977)
* Rajnigandha (1974)
* Piya Ka Ghar (1972)

Basu Chatterjee, Bengali Film DirectorAs Director
* Kuch Khatta Kuch Meetha (2007)
* Prateeksha (2007)
* Gudgudee (4 April 1997)
* Triyacharittar (1997)
* Kamla Ki Maut (1990)
* Sheesha (3 October 1986)
* Chameli Ki Shaadi (1986)
* Ek Ruka Hua Faisla (1986)
* Kirayedar (1986)
* Lakhon Ki Baat (1984)
* Pasand Apni Apni (1983)
* Shaukeen (1982)
* Hamari Bahu Alka (1982)
* Jeena Yahan (1981)
* Apne Paray (8 August 1980)
* Man Pasand (1980)
* Ratan Deep (21 December 1979)
* Prem Vivah (14 September 1979)
* Chakravyuh (29 June 1979)
* Manzil (14 May 1979)
* Baton Baton Mein (1979)
* Do Ladke Dono Kadke (1979)
* Dillagi (1978)
* Tumhare Liye (1978)
* Swami (1977 film)
* Safed Jhooth (1977)
* Priyatma (1977)
* Khatta Meetha (1977)
* Chhoti Si Baat (1976)
* Chitchor (1976)
* Rajnigandha (1974)
* Us Paar (1974)
* Sara Akash (1969)

As Screenplay Writer
* Lakhon Ki Baat (1984)
* Hamari Bahu Alka (1982)
* Dillagi (1978)
* Khatta Meetha (1977)
* Rajnigandha (1974)
* Sara Akash (1969)

As Producer
* Ek Ruka Hua Faisla (1986)
* Lakhon Ki Baat (1984)
* Pasand Apni Apni (1983)
* Baton Baton Mein (1979)

Bengali films of Basu Chatterjee
* Tak Jhal Mishti
* Chupi Chupi
* Hothat Brishti
* Hochheta Ki (2008)

(Last Updated on : 08/06/2013)
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