Legendary director Tarun Majumdar breathes his last at 91

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Veteran Bengali filmmaker Tarun Majumdar, who is known for films like Balika Badhu (1967), Ganadevata (1978), Dadar Kirti (1980), Alo (2003), breathed his last on Monday morning Kolkata at state-run SSKM hospital. He was 91.

With four National Awards, seven BFJA Awards, five Filmfare Awards and India’s fourth highest civilian award, Padma Shri, Majumdar was one of the most celebrated filmmakers in Bengal, whose films used to bridge the gap between mainstream entertainers and serious content.

Having been admitted to the hospital since June 14, he was undergoing treatment for age-related ailments. However, on Sunday night, his condition deteriorated and he was put on ventilation support. On Monday, at 11.17 am he passed away at SSKM hospital.

Rituparna Sengupta is at a loss of words after hearing the news. “My heart is heavy. My first work with him, Alo made history in Bengali cinema. Later, I did films Chander Bari and Bhalobashar Bari with him. He is a pillar of Bengali cinema and his contribution to the craft is endless,” said Rituparna.

Alo

Biplab Chatterjee, who has worked with austere filmmaker in Agaman and Parashmani, said, “If I an act, it is because of Tarun Majumdar. He was a fine human being. It is rare to find a filmmaker like him. He used to make films based on Bengali literature. But the films always had a touch of his own. It’s a huge loss for the Bengali film industry.”

Satabdi Roy, who acted in Parashmani alongside Tapas Paul, remembered how Majumdar was a fun-loving person and engaged in several adda sessions during the shoot.

Singer Shibaji Chatterjee, who had worked Majumdar in several films, said, “He is the best director who could make use of the songs in the films. He choreographed scenes to make way for songs. He always said that songs and scene should go hand in hand.”

For Prosenjit, the death of Majumdar is like losing a guru and teacher. “I worked with him at the age of 7-8 in Rahgir (1969) where I played my father Biswajeet’s childhood part. Later, I went onto work with him in Apan Aamar Apan and Pathbhola. But he was more of a teacher to me. It’s a huge loss for Indian Cinema,” he said.

Balika Badhu

Born on January 8, 1931 in the Bengal Presidency of British India, Majumdar’s father Birendranath Majumdar was a freedom fighter. Majumdar made his directorial debut alongside Sachin Mukherji and Dilip Mukherji, under the screen name Yatrik, with the 1959 Bengali film Chaowa Pawa. But it was Balika Badhu, also the debut of Moushumi Chatterjee, which made him a household name.

Keeping his last wish, Majumdar’s body will be donated to SSKM Hospital for medical research and education

 


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