Basu Bhattacharya

Basu Bhattacharya
Born 1934
Kolkata, India
Died 27 August 1997(1997-08-27) (aged 62–63)[1]
Awards 1972:National Film Award for Second Best Feature Film:Anubhav
1985 Filmfare Best Movie Award Sparsh

Basu Bhattacharya (1934–1997) was a Hindi film director,[2][3] most famous for his 1966 film Teesri Kasam, starring Raj Kapoor and Waheeda Rehman (based on the 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 (1985) starring Shabana Azmi and Naseeruddin Shah, which won the Filmfare Best Movie Award. The most popular and critically acclaimed film which he directed remains Avishkaar, starring Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila Tagore, which received five stars in the Bollywood Guide Collections[4] and Rajesh Khanna received Filmfare Best Actor Award in 1975. In 1979, he produced Sparsh, which won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi.[5] In 1981 he was a member of the jury at the 12th Moscow International Film Festival.[6]

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.[7][8] The couple had a son, the director Aditya Bhattacharya, and two daughters: Chimmu and Anwesha Arya, a writer. Later after much domestic abuse, his wife Rinki moved out in 1983, and the couple formally divorced in 1990. Rinki went on to edit an anthology on domestic violence in India, titled, Behind Closed Doors – Domestic Violence in India and became a successful writer, columnist and documentary filmmaker.[9]


As director


  1. Biography New York Times.
  2. "Basuda, auteur of "sensitive" films dies at 62". Indian Express. 21 June 1997.
  3. Gulzar; Govind Nihalani; Saibal Chatterjee (2003). Encyclopaedia of Hindi cinema. (Encyclopaedia Britannica (India) Pvt. Ltd), Popular Prakashan. p. 532. ISBN 81-7991-066-0.
  4. Collections - Google Boeken. Retrieved 2012-07-12.
  5. National Film Awards (1979)
  6. "12th Moscow International Film Festival (1981)". MIFF. Archived from the original on 21 April 2013. Retrieved 2013-01-21.
  7. "A Homage to Basu Bhattacharya". Archived from the original on 29 January 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-13.
  8. Father’s pictures The Tribune, 26 August 2001.
  9. Can you beat that? Telegraph, 30 May 2004.

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