Actors from Bollywood and Bengali cinema took to social media on Thursday to mourn the death of legendary filmmaker Buddhadeb Dasgupta and to recall their experiences of being directed by him.
Sharing a black and white photo with the late filmmaker from one of his shoots, Bollywood veteran Deepti Naval posted on Facebook: “Very saddened to learn of the sudden disappearance of our dear Buddhadev Dasgupta – one of the best directors of Bengali cinema. I had the good fortune to work with him in a Hindi film called “Andhi Gali” and since then I have great esteem for Buddha Da not only as a director, but also as an extremely sensitive poet and wonderful human being. and soft. My deepest condolences to the family of Buddha Da – I pray his soul may rest in peace.
Bengali film superstar Prosenjit Chatterjee tweeted in Bengali: “One by one, like everyone is getting lost somewhere. Buddhadeb Dasgupta was a renowned name not only in Indian cinema but also in world cinema. I had the chance to work with him in two of his films and by accompanying him to various film festivals, I learned how much his cinema is valued internationally. I am proud to be Bengali. Buddha da was also a great human being. Rest in peace. You will continue to survive thanks to your works.
Rituparna Sengupta posted on Facebook: “Really sad to know that the doyne of Indian cinema has left for a heavenly abode… such a devastating time for all of us… I grew up seeing his films like Grihojuddho voraciously watching iconic performances by Mamata Sankar, Anjan Dutta and Gautam Ghose…. At that time, I was not even a teenager, but my uncle who is a doctor gave me a glimpse of this huge filmmaker Buddhadeb who was ready to make a difference in society…
“Personally, I had the privilege of playing the central role in Mondo Meyer Upakhyyan, which made me evolve as an actor and shed light on the enormous perspectives that an actor should know in this profession… He was a perfectionist and demanded exactly the best from his actors… Mondo Meyer Upakkhan was a tough call for me and I was completely drained and exhausted after taking on the role envisioned by the internationally renowned director… .that was the initial start of my career and playing and handling a heavyweight of a prostitute and a my mom got me through sleepless nights in a row… just thinking about how to act right, ”she added.
“… He was a leader and his cinema spoke volumes about his genius and his know-how… He was a torchbearer of his generation and many others to come. He had this penchant for magical light which only had a very short life at dusk and dawn… Buddhadeb Dasgupta also enjoyed my films later and always told me he would love to work with me again… My Dasgupta’s favorite films are… Bagh Bahadur Grihojuddho, Uttara, Tahader Katha, Charachar… An era is over with him… Rest in peace ”, she wrote again.
Actor Rahul Bose shared in an Instagram post: “This is a tribute to #BuddhadevDasgupta who passed away today. Mithunda and I did ‘Kaalpurush’ with him – one of my films (and performances). Most satisfying of my career Buddhadeb was part poet, part filmmaker You could see it in his approach to cinema, in the stories he wrote, the way his films were photographed, his use of sound.
“Working on ‘Kaalpurush’ was challenging, captivating. It was a delicate film where tenderness and depth ran through him like two best friends. It took me a while to understand Buddhadeb’s directing style. once we understood each other, the relationship went smoothly. Sensitive, emotionally sharp, with a playful sense of humor, we gradually got to know each other better, “he recalls.
“But more than the filming of ‘Kaalpurush’, what I will miss the most are the evenings I spent with him while filming, at film festivals – in Kolkata, Bombay, Berlin, Toronto. Eat, drink, walk new streets, talk, share ideas and always laugh, her sense of humor always ready to burst into conversation. It’s a cliché when people die that we say – “we will miss him / her / them”. But for those who truly love cinema, those words will never be truer than they are now. My thoughts and wishes are with his family and loved ones, ”the actor concluded.
Bengali actress Sudipta Chakraborty shared in a Facebook post: “The poet and filmmaker Buddhadeb Dasgupta is gone !! In the post-Ray-Ghatak era, he was one of the most celebrated, sought-after, respected, treasured and beloved Indian (and Bengali) filmmakers in the international diaspora.
“I was lucky to have worked in two of his films… #MondoMeyerUpakhyan and #Kalpurush. This is indeed an irreparable loss for the Indian and Bengali film industry and for world cinema in general, of course. We knew he had suffered from health problems for a long time, but we all hoped that he would defend himself, return to the set and soon give us another masterpiece… But…. it never happened !! May your soul rest in peace Buddha da. My sincere condolences to the family and friends of Buddhadeb, ”she added.
Actor Chandan Roy Sanyal posted on Instagram: “Sorry I’m at a loss for words and couldn’t speak to anyone – apologies to my press friends. I grew up watching his films in Delhi when I was a child in various film festivals and in Doordarshan. These films included Bagh Bahadur, Uttara, Tahader Kotha and many more. Mithun Chakraborty in Tahader Kotha was more than extraordinary and the film and his performance won national awards. Before I became an actor, I was a fan of filmmakers.
“To an ordinary Bengali, Buddhadeb was the god of cinema and he leaves behind a great legacy of films. He was in a league of his own. In my wildest dreams I could never have imagined that at some point in my career I would be working with him and luckily or unfortunately I would be the star of his latest works and he wanted to do another one with me, ”Chandan said. Express.
“He (Buddhadeb) first called me for Tope when I was at the Venice Film Festival, he just asked me one thing, Will you be comfortable playing with monkeys ?! was the genius to me. And I was on top of a tree for 2 weeks playing with monkeys. He was a poet and he had a certain way of explaining a scene. He was a tough director and a man of perfection. He shot his films as if he were a poet. When I shot his film Urojahaj, I was with him for a month and a half. He made the film on a wheelchair. His kidneys were failing and he was on dialysis. Yet he went to the set every day and finished the film. I thought it was amazing. What a willingness! “added the actor.
“He (Buddhadeb) was planning to do another movie with me, which never happened. The biggest trophy for me is that after I finished filming Urojahaj, he told me, Chandan, you deserve an award for this and you exceeded my expectations, which was rare in his dictionary. I bid him farewell. I think he shaped me as an artist and diverted me to another orbit. I will miss you Buddhada. I am indebted for the art you have taught me over the past 4 years. Goodbye sir! Sincerely yours Goja (en Tope) Bachchu (en Urojahaj) #author ”, concluded Chandan.
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