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Jun 04, 2020, 04:03 PM IST

Basu Chatterjee, who had said goodbye to the world at the age of 90, was called the God of romantic films. He was the first filmmaker to make his own style out of Kolkata. But Basu Da did not do any film course for it. Because there were no such schools at that time. Not only this, his entry in films was also delayed.

Started as an assistant
In an interview, Basu Da had said, “I came late for films. I was in my 30s at that time.” According to Basu, he started as Chief Assistant to filmmaker Basu Bhattacharya and assisted him in his first film Raj Kapoor and Waheeda Rehman starrer ‘Teesri Kasam’.

Chatterjee had said, “I worked as an assistant in two films. But my goal was to do something else. Since I was working as a cartoonist at the time, I didn’t have a problem with livelihood. Assistant Made just to get the knowledge needed to make a film. “

Important contribution in the beginning of Parallel Hindi Cinema
Chatterjee made the first film ‘Sara Akash’. ‘Sara Akash’, Mani Kaul’s ‘His Roti’ and Mrinal Sen’s ‘Bhuvan Shome’ are seen as the beginning of Paralal Hindi cinema in 1969-70. According to Chatterjee, “People obviously didn’t know about parallel cinema at the time. We made the film the way we wanted to make it.”

There was no studio shot in ‘Sara Akash’
Chatterjee said, “Not a single shot in ‘Sara Akash’ belonged to the studio. All were real locations that brought freshness in. We grew up appreciating small filmmakers. We didn’t take inspiration from Hollywood. Mani Kaul Had worked in ‘Sara Akash’ and had taken Rs 300 for it. ”

Made ‘Sara Akash’ with a loan
According to a report, at that time the Film Finance Corporation was giving loans to make different types of films. Chatterjee also got a loan for ‘Sara Akash’. However, he also paid for the film soon after its release. “

Come on tv to earn extra money
Chatterjee also gave serials like ‘Rajni’, ‘Darpan’ and ‘Byomkesh Bakshi’ on the small screen. But in reality they came here only with the intention of earning extra money. Acknowledging this, he said in an interview, “Doordarshan was new at the time and the government was eager to join the film industry to fill air time. He approached many filmmakers to create something that has social value. . ”

According to Chatterjee, he seized the opportunity. But when her first serial ‘Rajni’ became a hit, she realized that the small screen is not just a means of earning extra money. Rather it is a full time job. Being a cartoonist, he was very familiar with the social issues of the country. He showed some of these issues through ‘Rajni’.

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