Basu Bhattacharya

Basu Bhattacharyaicon male small Basu Bhattacharya icon tree small Basu BhattacharyaBorn: 1934Died: 1997
Father: UnspecifiedMother: Unspecified
Children: Anwesha Arya, Aditya Bhattacharya, Chimmu Bhattacharya
Siblings: none

Basu Bhattacharya was born at Berhampore (Murshidabad, West Bengal).  He lived at Bangal para, Saidabad (opposite the Saraswat Milani club).  He made a documentary film with Sir Girfield Soberse.  He has three brothers, Hire, Gopal and Nepal.

He started his career in 1958 by assisting, Bimal Roy in films like, Madhumati and Sujata and later married, Bimal Roy’s daughter, Rinki Bhattacharya, much to Bimal Roy’s disapproval. This created a rift between him and his mentor.  Basu Bhattacharya went on to become a famous Hindi film director in his own right.

He is perhaps most famous for his 1966 film Teesri Kasam, starring Raj Kapoor and Waheeda Rehman (based on a short story – “Maare Gaye Gulfam” by Phanishwar Nath ‘Renu’), which won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in 1967.  He also produced Sparsh in 1985 starring Shabana Azmi and Naseeruddin Shah, which won the Filmfare Best Movie Award.  His biggest box office hit and most critically acclaimed film, however, remains Avishkaar starring Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila Tagore which received five stars in Bollywood Guide “Collections” and Rajesh Khanna received Filmfare Best Actor Award in 1975.

In 1981 he was a member of the jury at the 12th Moscow International Film Festival.

Basu and Rinki Bhattacharya have a son Aditya Bhattacharya (director), and two daughters: Chimmu and Anwesha Arya (a writer).

After much domestic abuse, his wife, Rinki, moved out in 1983, and the couple formally divorced in 1990.  Rinki went on to write an anthology on Domestic Violence in India, titled, Behind Closed Doors – Domestic Violence in India and became a successful writer, columnist and documentary filmmaker.

Filmography

As director

  • Uski Kahani (1966)
  • Teesri Kasam (1966) – Won National Film Award for Best Feature Film
  • Anubhav (1971)
  • Avishkaar (1973)
  • Daku (1975)
  • Tumhara Kalloo (1975)
  • Sangat (1976)
  • Known Yet Not Known (1977)
  • Madhu Malti (1978)
  • Griha Pravesh (1979)
  • Madhuman (1981)
  • Horký podzim s vuní manga (1984)
  • Anveshan (1985) (TV)
  • Solar Energy (1986)
  • Science India (1986)
  • Panchavati (1986)
  • Ek Saas Zindagi (1991)
  • Aastha: In the Prison of Spring (1997).

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