Kolkata: Eminent film director Buddhadeb Dasgupta, 77, died at his residence early on Thursday due to age-related ailments, family members said.
Dasgupta is survived by his wife and two daughters from his previous marriage.
The national award-winning director had kidney ailments for a long time and was undergoing dialysis twice a week regularly, family members said.
Five of his films have won the National Film Award for best feature film. They are Bagh Bahadur (1989), Charachar (1993), Lal Darja (1997), Mondo Meyer Upakhyan (2002) and Kaalpurush (2008).
Two of his films have won the National Award for best Bengali feature film.
Dasgupta also won the National Award for direction twice, for Uttara (2000) and Swapner Din (2005).
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee were among those who condoled his death.
Buddhadeb Dasgupta enriched our arts and culture with his world-renowned films as well as poetry – both animated by a heartfelt lyricism. In his passing away, we have lost an extraordinary artist. My condolences to the bereaved family.
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) June 10, 2021
Anguished by the demise of Shri Buddhadeb Dasgupta. His diverse works struck a chord with all sections of society. He was also an eminent thinker and poet. My thoughts are with his family and several admirers in this time of grief. Om Shanti.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 10, 2021
Saddened at the passing away of eminent filmmaker Buddhadeb Dasgupta. Through his works, he infused lyricism into the language of cinema. His death comes as a great loss for the film fraternity. Condolences to his family, colleagues and admirers
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) June 10, 2021
Award-winning filmmaker and poet Buddhadeb Dasgupta, one of India’s foremost directors and a flag-bearer of the parallel cinema movement in Bengal, passed away today at the age of 77. RIP Buddhadeb Dasgupta. https://t.co/GpZUAbJyeh pic.twitter.com/KTuOJY4neq
— Film Heritage Foundation (@FHF_Official) June 10, 2021
Recipient of numerous National and International honours, legendary filmmaker and renowned poet, #BuddhadebDasgupta has passed away. Sincere condolences to his family and friends. pic.twitter.com/8F5N2yXGZT
— Raj chakrabarty (@iamrajchoco) June 10, 2021
Condoling his death, filmmaker Goutam Ghosh said, “Buddha da was making films, writing articles and active despite failing health. He had directed Tope and Urojahaz even when he was not well. It is a great loss for all of us.”
(With PTI inputs)