(Last Updated on : 18/10/2014)
Asit Sen was a celebrated Indian film director
who worked for both Hindi and Bengali film industries. Apart from film direction, he also worked as a cinematographer and screenwriter. He was born on 24th September 1922 in Dhaka which was a part of East Bengal in British India and is presently in Bangladesh. He had directed around 17 feature films in Hindi as well as Bengali, some of which were highly acclaimed. Some of his notable flicks include Safar, Khamoshi, Mamta, Uttar Falguni and Deep Jweley Jai.
Career of Asit Sen
Asit Sen began his career by assisting the renowned filmmaker Bimal Roy
at New Theatres in Kolkata
. But owing to the decline of Kolkata based film industry during that era, Bimal Roy moved along with his team to Bombay (now Mumbai
) in the year 1950. His team included Asit Sen, Salil Chowdhury
, Kamal Bose, Nabendu Ghosh
and Hrishikesh Mukherjee
. Asit Sen had previously made an Assamese film
titled Biplabi in 1948. However he made his debut in Bollywood
after his shift with the flick Parivaar in 1956 under the production of Bimal Roy featuring Usha Kiran and Kishore Kumar
. Along with this, he also continued his work for the Bengali cinema
. He assisted Bimal Roy for his films like Biraj Bahu and Parineeta. Subsequently he directed a Bengali film titled Chalachal in 1956 starring Arundhati Devi
. The film marked to be a success. After several years, he made a remake of this film in Hindi as Safar which also was a huge hit.
His 1959 release was Deep Jwele Jaai in which Suchitra Sen
portrayed the lead role. The film had a backdrop of psychiatric hospital and it was also remade by him later in 1969 as Khamoshi starring Rajesh Khanna
and Waheeda Rehman
. Another gem which he directed was the 1966 film Mamta which was a remake of the 1963 Bengali film Uttar Falguni and narrated a story about class conflict. His storytelling skills were immensely appreciated for the film. The movie also had some memorable songs like 'Chuppa Lo Yun Dil Mein Pyar Mera' and 'Rahen Na Rahen Hum'. His film Uttar Falguni won National Film Award
for Best Feature Film in Bengali in 1963. In 1993 Asit Sen joined National Institute of Film and Fine Arts with the designation of the Vice Principal of the organisation. He worked for the film education till his death. Other popular films directed by Sen include Anokhi Raat, Maa Aur Mamta, Sharafat, Amar Prem, Bairaag, Anari and many more in which he worked with many leading actor and actresses of the Indian film industry.
Achievements of Asit Sen
Asit Sen won Filmfare Award for Best Director
in the year 1971 for his Hindi flick Safar.
Death of Asit Sen
Asit Sen died on 25th August 2001 at a Kolkata hospital at the age of 79. The actor was survived by his son Partha Sen.
Filmography of Asit Sen
|Deep Jweley Jai (Bengali)
|Uttar Falguni (Bengali)
|Maa Aur Mamta