Basu Bhattacharya, an eminent filmmaker, was noted for making films that dealt with the intricacies of human relationships. Hailing from West Bengal
, Basu Bhattacharya went to Mumbai
in the early 1950s, and started his career assisting Bimal Roy
on the sets of Madhumati
and later, Sujata
Career of Basu Bhattacharya
Basu Bhattacharya`s first film as an independent director was Teesri Kasam
and it was produced by the poet-lyricist Shailendra. The film had an impressive star cast - Raj Kapoor
and Waheeda Rehman
; cinematography by Subrata Mitra, who shot Satyajit Ray
`s early films. Teesri Kasam had won the 1966 National Film Award
for the Best Feature Film.
Despite the critical success of Teesri Kasam, Basu Bhattacharya never filmed a literary work again. He moved to middle-budget films with non-stereotypical themes and strong scripts. Marital disharmony was the common theme of his trilogy - Anubhav, Avishkar, and Griha Pravesh
. The trilogy attempted to explore the inherent fragility of urban middle-class marriages in an increasingly materialist society. Though not commercially successful, these films were noticed for their subject matter and the director`s sensitive handling of the subject. Anubhav won the National Film Award for Second Best Feature Film, and Avishkar landed Rajesh Khanna
a Filmfare Award
for Best Actor.
In 1979, Basu Bhattacharya produced the critically-acclaimed Sparsh
, directed by Sai Paranjpye
. His last film Aastha, a follow-up to the trilogy of the 1970s, dealt with his favourite theme - marital dissatisfaction and materialism.
Basu Bhattacharya served the film industry in various capacities. He held the position of vice-president of the Federation of Film Societies of India and President of the Indian Film Directors Association, among others. Basu Bhattacharya passed away in 1997.
Filmography of Basu Bhattacharya
* Uski Kahani (1966)
* Teesri Kasam (1966) - Won National Film Award for Best Film
* Anubhav (1971)
* Avishkaar (1973)
* Daku (1975)
* Tumhara Kalloo (1975)
* Sangat (1976)
* Known Yet Not Known (1977)
* Madhu Malti (1978)
* Griha Pravesh (1979)
* Madhuman (1981)
* Horky podzim s vuni manga (1984)
* Anveshan (1985) (TV)
* Solar Energy (1986)
* Science India (1986)
* Panchavati (1986)
* Ek Saas Zindagi (1991)
* Aastha: In the Prison of Spring (1997).
Personal life of Basu Bhattacharaya
Basu Bhattacharya married Rinki who was the daughter of Bimal Roy. The couple had a son Aditya Bhattacharya (director), and two daughters, Chimmu and Anwesha Arya (a writer).