The year of 2020 has been not-so-good, especially for Bollywood. After the demise of popular figures like Rishi Kapoor, Irrfan Khan and Wajid Khan, now the heartbreaking news regarding renowned filmmaker Basu Chatterjee has come in.
Known for the films like Chhoto Si Baat, Chitchor and Khatta Meetha, Basu Chatterjee passed away today due to age-related ailments in Mumbai. He was in his 90s. The news was shared by Indian Film & TV Directors’ Association’s president and director, Ashoke Pandit.
Sharing the news about Basu Chatterjee, Ashoke took to Twitter and wrote, “I am extremely grieved to inform you all of the demise of Legendary Filmmaker #BasuChatterjee ji. His last rites will be performed today at Santacruz crematorium at 2 pm. It’s a great loss to the industry. Will miss you Sir. #RIPBasuChaterjee”.
I am extremely grieved to inform you all of the demise of Legendary Filmmaker #BasuChatterjee ji. His last rites will be performed today at Santacruz crematorium at 2 pm.
— Ashoke Pandit (@ashokepandit) June 4, 2020
Even filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar tweeted, “Sad to hear the demise of Veteran Filmmaker Shri.Basu Chatterjee. Will be always remembered for his Light-Hearted comedies & Simplistic Films. #OmShanti”
— Madhur Bhandarkar (@imbhandarkar) June 4, 2020
Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee too expressed her grief over Basu Chatterjee’s death. She wrote, “Saddened at the demise of legendary film director and screenwriter Basu Chatterjee. He gave us gems like ‘Chhoti Si Baat’, ‘Chitchor’, ‘Rajanigandha’, ‘Byomkesh Bakshi’, ‘Rajni’ among others. Condolences to his family, friends, fans & the entire film fraternity”.
Saddened at the demise of legendary film director and screenwriter Basu Chatterjee. He gave us gems like 'Chhoti Si Baat', 'Chitchor', 'Rajanigandha', 'Byomkesh Bakshi', 'Rajni' among others. Condolences to his family, friends, fans & the entire film fraternity
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) June 4, 2020
Check out other celebs reactions:
Deeply saddened to hear about Basu Chatterjee’s passing away.A prolific filmaker, he was the pioneer of what came to be regarded as middle of the road cinema. I was fortunate to have done 3 lovely films with him Swami Apne Paraye and Jeena Yahan. All lifelike characters .RIP pic.twitter.com/tAN5vaTZiY
— Azmi Shabana (@AzmiShabana) June 4, 2020
Basu Chatterjee: unforgettable Choti Si Baat.. your films were like Rajnigandha, always Khatha Meetha which we could enjoy Baaton Baaton Mein. Not to forget Chitchor.. 1970s ‘middle class’ cinema at its best.. RIP
— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) June 4, 2020
Deeply pained at demise of legendary filmmaker & screenwriter Basu Chatterjee Ji, who was himself an “institution of art” and “sea of culture”. His demise is an irreparable loss to film industry and art. My heartfelt condolences with his family, friends and fans. RIP. Om shanti pic.twitter.com/hyB7Us4J28
— Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi (@naqvimukhtar) June 4, 2020
basu chatterjee moves on. for me very few sees the lighter side of life like he did. all his films have a smirk on their faces. i'm a big fan. and i have kahaani 2 to prove it.
— sujoy ghosh (@sujoy_g) June 4, 2020