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Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan and others remember Basu Chatterjee

Known for having helmed films like Rajnigandha, Chitchor, Chhoti Si Baat among more, Basu Chatterjee had begun his career as an illustrator for the Mumbai-based magazine Blitz.

By: Entertainment Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 4, 2020 9:08:08 pm
basu chatterjee Basu Chatterjee passed away on Thursday in Mumbai (Photo: Express archive).

Veteran filmmaker and screenwriter Basu Chatterjee passed away on Thursday morning in Mumbai after suffering from age-related complications. He was 93.

Known for having helmed films like Rajnigandha, Chitchor, Chhoti Si Baat among more, the director had begun his career as an illustrator for the Mumbai-based magazine Blitz. He made his directorial debut with the acclaimed movie Sara Akash in 1969.

Apart from directing these well-known movies, Basu Chatterjee had also dabbled in Bengali cinema. Some of his more popular works in the language include Hothat Brishti, Hochcheta Ki and Hothat Shei Din.

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Basu Chatterjee wore many hats. He was not only a successful film director but also helmed hit TV serials like Byomkesh Bakshi and Rajani.

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Here's how Bollywood paid tribute to the legendary filmmaker Basu Chatterjee.

21:08 (IST)04 Jun 2020
Lata Mangeshkar pays tribute to Basu Chatterjee

Veteran singer Lata Mangeshkar wrote on Twitter, "Mujhe abhi pata chala ,Choti Si Baat, Baaton Baaton Mein, Rajnigandha aisi behtareen filmon ke pratibhashaali nirdeshak Basu Chatterjee ab hamare bich nahi rahe. Ye sunke mujhe bahut dukh hua.Maine unke saath bahut kaam kiya tha.Main unko vinamra shraddhanjali arpan karti hun. (I just got to know about the death of filmmaker Basu Chatterjee who made amazing films like Baaton Baaton Mein, Chhoti Si Baat, Rajnigandha. I am deeply saddened by the news. I did a lot of work with him. I pay a heartfelt tribute to him.)"

20:19 (IST)04 Jun 2020
Kunal Kohli remembers Basu Chatterjee
18:54 (IST)04 Jun 2020
'His contribution to Indian Cinema will always be remembered'

Aamir Khan paid his condolence to Basu Chatterjee's family. He tweeted, "Really sorry to hear the sad news of Basu Chatterjee passing away. My heartfelt condolences to Basuda's family and friends. His contribution to Indian Cinema will always be remembered." 

18:38 (IST)04 Jun 2020
"Basu Chatterjee leaves behind a unique legacy"

"Condolences on passing away of Basu Chatterjee. He leaves behind a unique legacy of films with stories of simple everyday characters told with mix of humour and emotion. #RIPBasuChatterjee," Boney Kapoor wrote on Twitter. 

18:20 (IST)04 Jun 2020
President Ram Nath Kovind tweets about Basu Chatterjee

The official Twitter handle of President of India, tweeted, "In the passing of Shri Basu Chatterjee, the world of entertainment has lost a living legend. He will be remembered for his masterpieces like 'Khatta Meetha', 'Rajnigandha', 'Byomkesh Bakshi', 'Rajani' among others. My condolences to his family and friends." 

18:01 (IST)04 Jun 2020
Subhash Ghai: I can see his kind of cinema coming back today

"RIP #basu chatterjee. ‪A great humanist unique story teller n a friend I learnt a lot from him in 70s. ‬‪I can see his kind of cinema coming back today with high concept low budget movies with simplistic real life characters with humorous situations n stories. ‬‪Great guy 🙏🏽 ‬he will be remembered thru his unique movie. 👍" wrote Shubhash Ghai as he remembered Basu Chatterjee. 

16:44 (IST)04 Jun 2020
Shweta Basu Prasad: Basu Chatterjee's films had a huge impact on me in my formative years

"Basu Chatterjee’s films [just like Hrishikesh Mukherji] had a huge impact on me in my growing up, formative years. My introduction to cinema and story telling, characters and music. Thank you for the films #BasuChatterjee," tweeted actor Shweta Basu Prasad. 

16:22 (IST)04 Jun 2020
Riteish Deshmukh: No one did slice of life films better

"No one did slice of life films better than you Basu Da, thank you for enriching our lives. RIP #BasuChatterjee," tweeted the actor. 

16:04 (IST)04 Jun 2020
PM Modi tweets about the late director

"Sad to hear of the demise of Shri Basu Chatterjee. His works are brilliant and sensitive. It touched people's hearts and represented the simple and complex emotions, as well as struggles of people. Condolences to his family and innumerable fans. Om Shanti," the tweet read. 

16:03 (IST)04 Jun 2020
Ranvir Shorey pays his respect to the filmmaker

"A master departs. RIP, #BasuChatterjee. #respect," tweeted Ranvir Shorey. 

15:58 (IST)04 Jun 2020
Yami Gautam on Basu Chatterjee

"Never got tired of watching sir Basu Chatterjee’s films over & over again, as a growing cinema lover in my teens & this love shall continue forever...a path-creator & an inspiration ! Rest in peace, Sir, " tweeted the actor. 

15:31 (IST)04 Jun 2020
'Shall always be remembered for his movies'

"Sad to hear about #BasuChatterjee's death.. Shall always be remembered for movies like - Chhoti Si Baat, Ek Ruka Hua faisla, Rajnigandha,Bato bato mein and many more.. May his soul rest in peace," tweeted politician Chitra Wagh. 

14:56 (IST)04 Jun 2020
'Changed the style of narrative in Hindi cinema'

"This is a big loss! You will be missed for your simple and yet memorable films. I have been an ardent fan of your work and loved the way you changed the style of narrative in Hindi cinema. We will miss you #BasuChatterjee sir! #RestinPeace," tweeted author-director Ram Kamal. 

14:38 (IST)04 Jun 2020
'An era ends'

"My heartfelt condolences on the sad demise of legendary filmmaker #BasuChatterjee. Basu Da is gone and with him an era ends," tweeted actor Manoj Joshi.

14:21 (IST)04 Jun 2020
Manoj Bajpayee: Thank you for all the great stories

"A master storyteller passed away today!! Learned the meaning of simple storytelling with fine nuances!! Thank you Basu Da for all the great stories!! Rest in peace sir!! #BasuChatterjee," tweeted the actor. 

14:18 (IST)04 Jun 2020
Anil Kapoor: A director who was always ahead of his time
14:02 (IST)04 Jun 2020
'His cinema was priceless'

"He taught us to laugh and cry at the same time...priceless was the word that defined his Cinema. #RIPBasuDa," tweeted actor and former CBFC member Vani Tripathi Tikoo. 

13:59 (IST)04 Jun 2020
Amitabh Bachchan: A sad loss

"Prayers and Condolences on the passing of Basu Chatterjee .. a quiet, soft spoken, gentle human .. his films reflected the lives of middle India .. did 'MANZIL' with him .. a sad loss .. 🙏 .. in these climes often remembered for 'rim jhim gire saawan'," tweeted the megastar. 

13:43 (IST)04 Jun 2020
Anupam Kher shares heartfelt video
13:42 (IST)04 Jun 2020
Milap Zaveri on Basu Chatterjee

Director Milap Zaveri tweeted, "RIP Basu Chatterjee Sir."

In his lifetime, Basu Chatterjee was honoured with many awards. He was conferred with the National Award for his socially relevant movie Durga. Besides this, the filmmaker had multiple Filmfare Awards to his credit. In 2007, he was awarded the IIFA Lifetime Achievement Award.

He is survived by two daughters, Sonali Bhattacharya and Rupali Guha.