Stop the Twitter rumours, Mrinal Sen is absolutely fine, says family

On Thursday, rumours circulating around Mrinal Sen's death surfaced on social media which led to many believing that the veteran filmmaker was no more.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 30, 2016 11:23:53 am

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On Thursday morning, rumours circulating veteran filmmaker Mrinal Sen’s passing away were put to rest when family members of Sen said that he was absolutely fine and was, in fact, ‘having tea’.

Rumours mills got their grist from various tweets that condoled the legendary director’s demise. Public figures, too, ‘expressed their sorrow’ over Sen’s rumoured death. Author Amitav Ghosh was one of them.

 

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Ghosh also said it was ‘2 sad days for arts’ since ‘3 giants, Veena Sahasrabudhe Mrinal Sen & K.G. Subramanyan gone within hours of each other.’

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Suhel Seth, managing partner at Counselage India, said that it was a lesson to tweet out on something based on rumours.

Mrinal Sen, 94, is one of the pioneers in Indian parallel cinema. Apart from winning national awards, Sen has also been awarded with international accolades. The French government had awarded him the Commandeur de l’ordre des Arts et letters (Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters) which is the highest honor conferred by France.

Sen, who directed films like Baishey Shravan and Bhuvan Shome, received the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2005. His films have won awards from major film festivals like Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Moscow, Karlovy Vary, Montreal, Chicago, and Cairo.

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