MCAI - 04 Jun 2020


Veteran film director Basu Chatterjee passed away today (4th June) in Bombay due to age-related issues. He was 90.

Basu-da, as he was respectfully called, had directed films mainly in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. Among his successful and better-known films were RajnigandhaBaton Baton MeinChitchorEk Ruka Hua FaislaPiya Ka GharSwamiPriyatamaKhatta MeethaDillagiMan PasandApne ParayeShaukeenHamari Bahu AlkaChameli Ki Shaadi and Prem Vivah. His first film as director was Sara Akash. The maverick filmmaker was known for his slice-of-life films which, in those days, were referred to as middle-of-the-road cinema. The heroes and leading ladies of his films were shown as ordinary mortals rather than the larger-than-life characters of masala entertainers. They romanced at public places like public transport etc. His films rarely boasted of ostentatious sets or flashy costumes.

Basu Chatterjee’s last rites will be performed today at 2 p.m. at the Santacruz crematorium.


Multi roles
Year Film Director Screenplay Producer Notes
1969 Sara Akash Yes Yes   [7]
1972 Piya Ka Ghar Yes   Tarachand Barjatya  
1974 Rajnigandha Yes Yes Suresh Jindal, Kamal Saigal  
1974 Us Paar Yes Yes Yes  
1976 Chitchor Yes   Tarachand Barjatya  
1976 Chhoti Si Baat Yes   B. R. Chopra  
1977 Safed Jhooth Yes Yes Ashim Kumar  
1977 Swami Yes   Jaya Chakravarthy  
1977 Priyatama Yes   T C Dewan  
1978 Khatta Meetha Yes Yes Gul Anand, Romu Sippy  
1978 Dillagi Yes Yes Bikram Singh Dehal, Kanwar Ajit Singh  
1978 Tumhare Liye Yes Yes Raj Tilak  
1979 Do Ladke Dono Kadke Yes   Jayant Mukherjee, Hemant Kumar  
1979 Manzil Yes      
1979 Chakravyuha Yes      
1979 Prem Vivah Yes      
1979 Ratnadeep Yes      
1979 Baton Baton Mein Yes   Yes  
1980 Man Pasand Yes   Amit Khanna  
1980 Apne Paraye Yes   Mushir Alam  
1981 Jeena Yahan Yes   N.P. Ali  
1982 Hamari Bahu Alka Yes Yes Shyamsunder Seksaria  
1982 Shaukeen Yes Yes Senmit Movie Visuals  
1983 Pasand Apni Apni Yes   Yes  
1984 Lakhon Ki Baat Yes Yes Yes  
1986 Ek Ruka Hua Faisla Yes   Yes  
1986 Kirayedaar Yes   B. R. Chopra  
1986 Chameli Ki Shaadi Yes Yes Ramesh Ningoo, Sushil Gaur  
1986 Sheesha Yes   Sattee Shourie  
1989 Kamla Ki Maut Yes Yes NFDC  
1990 Hamari Shadi Yes Yes    
1997 Triyacharittar Yes      
1997 Gudgudee Yes   Mahesh Bhatt  
1998 Hothat Brishti Yes   Bangladesh and India joint production Bengali language film
2001 Chupi Chupi Yes     Bengali language film
2002 Tak Jhal Mishti Yes     Bengali language film
2007 Prateeksha Yes      
2007 Kuch Khatta Kuch Meetha Yes      
2008 Hochheta Ki Yes     Bengali language film
2011 Trishanku Yes     Bengali language film




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