The Cinema of Basu Chatterjee
Along with Hrishesk Mukherjee, Basu Chatterjee was a torchbearer of light-hearted, entertaining, middle-class family dramas that offered a parallel narrative to the mainstream Angry Young Man films on the one hand and the radically experimental New Wave Cinema. The reason it has held so well is that it is real, a part of the families and relationships of the audience. While filmmakers showed dreams, he showed them a mirror image of their own lives.
He directed a total of 40 movies, starting with Sara Akash in 1969 and progressed with time. For many of these movies, he was also the screenwriter and producer. Some of his popular work includes Jeena Yahan (1979), Kamla Ki Maut (1989), Swami (1977), Chhoti Si Baat (1976), Rajnigandha (1974) and Chitchor (1976). The last movie directed by him was in 2011 and it was a Bengali movie “Trishanku”.
Basu Chatterjee also directed 7 TV series and they were all aired on DD National. The list includes popular series like Rajani (1985), Kakaji Kahin (1988) & Byomkesh Bakshi (1993 and 1997). His career had been remarkable and in 2007, he was honored with IIFA Lifetime Achievement Award.