Born:14 May 1923
Died:30 December 2018
- He was an Indian Bengali filmmaker based in Kolkata.
- He is considered to be one of the greatest filmmakers of the 20th century.
- Like the works of Ray and Ghatak, his cinema was known for its artistic depiction of social reality.
- Although the three directors shared a healthy rivalry, they were ardent admirers of each other’s work, and in so doing, they charted the independent trajectory of parallel cinema, as a counterpoint to the mainstream fare of Hindi cinema in India.
- He was an ardent follower of Marxist philosophy.
- His interest in film making began after he stumbled upon a book on film aesthetics.
- However, his interest remained mostly intellectual, and he was forced to take up the job of a medical representative, which took him away from Calcutta.
- This did not last very long, and he came back to the city and eventually took a job as an audio technician in a Calcutta film studio, which launched his film career.
- During his career, His films have received awards from almost all major film festivals, including Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Moscow, Karlovy Vary, Montreal, Chicago, and Cairo.
- Retrospectives of his films have been shown in almost all major cities of the world.
- He was also elected as the president of the International Federation of the Film Societies.
- He received the Taj Enlighten Tareef Award which is given for a lifetime contribution to the world of cinema in 2008.
- He also received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 10th edition of the Osian’s Cinefest Film Festival 2008.
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