Bollywood veteran filmmaker Basu Chatterjee passed away on Thursday. Basu Da produced and directed several evergreen films in Hindi cinema. Apart from films, Basu Chatterjee's contribution to Doordarshan will also be remembered. He gave some of the best serials to the small screen. These include detective serials Byomkesh Bakshi and Rajni. In the eighties and nineties, these serials raised a huge fan following for themselves. Recalling his work, Doordarshan tweeted - Doordarshan pays homage to the death of veteran filmmaker and National Award winner Basu Chatterjee.
PM Modi tweet on condolence '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 Shant.'
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.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 4, 2020
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee tweet of condolence: '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 and 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
He was a leading filmmaker of parallel cinema. He had a very close relationship with Doordarshan. He directed two iconic serials Byomkesh Bakshi and Rajni. Rajni was first broadcast in 1985. This was his first serial for Doordarshan. The serial was rebroadcast on DD Retro in April during lockdown. Rajni played the main character Priya Tendulkar. Karan Razdan wrote it and also acted.
At the same time, Byomkesh Bakshi was broadcast for the first time from 1993-1997. It had two seasons of 34 episodes. Rajit Kapoor played the title character in the show. The serial was re-aired on DD National from March 28 during the lockdown.
Doordarshan condoles the death of legendary filmmaker and National Film awardee Basu Chatterjee who was one of the pioneers of the parallel cinema in India. He had a very close association with Doordarshan in which he directed its two iconic serials - Byomkesh Bakshi and Rajani. pic.twitter.com/8Fbi0nJbrq— Doordarshan National (@DDNational) June 4, 2020
Basu Chatterjee was born on 10 January 1930 in Ajmer. Basu Da started his career as a cartoonist in Blitz Magazine. After working there for 18 years, Basu Da turned to films. He started his career with Raj Kapoor's film Teesri Kasam as an assistant to another veteran filmmaker Basu Bhattacharya.