Buddhadeb Dasgupta

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Buddhadeb Dasgupta
Master Class by the Art of story writing in Cinema-Buddhadeb Das Gupta, Film Maker, at the 45th International Film Festival of India (IFFI-2014), in Panaji, Goa on November 27, 2014.jpg
Dasgupta at IFFI 2014
Born(1944-02-11)11 February 1944
Died10 June 2021(2021-06-10) (aged 77)
OccupationFilm maker, screenplay writer and author

Buddhadeb Dasgupta (11 February 1944 10 June 2021) was an Bengali poet and filmmaker of Indian cinema , most known for films like Bagh Bahadur , Tahader Katha , Charachar and Uttara . Five of his films have won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film, Bagh Bahadur (1989), Charachar (1993), Lal Darja (1997), Mondo Meyer Upakhyan (2002) and Kaalpurush (2008), while Dooratwa (1978) and Tahader Katha (1993) have won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Bengali. As a director, he has won National Film Award for Best Direction twice, for Uttara (2000) and Swapner Din (2005). Over the years he has published several works of poetry including Govir Araley, Coffin Kimba Suitcase, Himjog, Chhaata Kahini, Roboter Gaan, Sreshtha Kabita, and Bhomboler Ascharya Kahini O Ananya Kabita. [1]


Early life and education

Buddhadeb Dasgupta was born in a Vaidya family in 1944 in Anara near Puruliya in Southern West Bengal, [2] and was the third of nine siblings. His father Tarkanta Dasgupta was a doctor with the Indian Railways, thus he spent the early part of childhood traveling. At the age of twelve, he was sent to Calcutta to study, earlier at Shibpur SSPS Vidyalaya and later at Dinabandhu School, Howrah. [3] Post-independence his father was transferred first to Kharagpur in West Midnapore district and Manendragarh (now in Chhattisgarh). [4]

He studied economics at the Scottish Church College and the University of Calcutta. [5] [6]


Buddhadeb started his career as a lecturer of Economics, at the Shyamsundar College of the University of Burdwan followed by City College, Calcutta. In 1976, when disenchanted by the gap he perceived between the economic theory he taught and the socio-political reality, he took to film making. [1] Meanwhile, his membership with the Calcutta Film Society, where he started going in his senior high school along with his uncle, exposed him to the works of directors like Charlie Chaplin, Ingmar Bergman, Akira Kurosawa, Vittorio De Sica, Roberto Rossellini, and Michelangelo Antonioni. This, in turn, inspired him to take film making as a mode of expression. [7] He started his film career with a 10-minute documentary in 1968, The Continent of Love; eventually he made his first full-length feature film, Dooratwa (Distance) in 1978. [8]

His lyricism has been extended to cinema as well. During the early stages of his film career, Dasgupta made films inspired by Satyajit Ray's realistic films and later moved on to other forms. Some of his most acclaimed films are Bagh Bahadur, Tahader Katha, Charachar and Uttara. [9]


Feature films

Documentary and TV work


Dasgupta (second from right) inaugurating 8th Mumbai International Film Festival, at the P.L. Deshpande Auditorium in Mumbai on 3 February 2004 Shri Buddhadev Das Gupta, noted film maker inaugurating 8th Mumbai International Film Festival, for Documentary, Short at the P.L Deshpande Auditorium in Mumbai on February 3, 2004.jpg
Dasgupta (second from right) inaugurating 8th Mumbai International Film Festival, at the P.L. Deshpande Auditorium in Mumbai on 3 February 2004


His youngest daughter, Alokananda Dasgupta, a trained classical pianist, composed the background score for his 2013 film, Anwar Ka Ajab Kissa.


He died at the age of 77 on 10 June 2021. [15] [16]

Further reading

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