The Hush Post| 2:49 pm|three-minute-read
Noted Film director Mrinal Sen is no more. Dadasaheb Phalke award-winning film director Sen passed away on Sunday. He was 95 years old.
Mrinal Sen breathed his last at 10.30 am after a prolonged illness.
Sen is survived by his son. His wife actor Geeta Sen passed away last year.
Sen’s career spanned more than six decades. He was one of the greatest ambassadors of parallel cinema.
Mrinal Sen who began the “new wave of Indian cinema” with “Bhuvan Shome”, was one of the most acclaimed filmmakers to bring recognition to country’s film industry on international platforms.
His 1982 Bengali film “Kharij” won the jury prize at the 1983 Cannes Film Festival. His trilogy – “Interview”, “Calcutta 71” and “Padatik” – is a masterpiece for depicting the social and political upheaval in Kolkata in the 1970s.
President Ram Nath Kovind remembered the director for his “penetrating and sensitive portrayal of social realities.”
“Sad to learn of the passing of acclaimed film-maker Mrinal Sen. From “Bhuvan Shome” to the ‘Calcutta’ trilogy, his penetrating and sensitive portrayal of social realities made him a fine chronicler of our times. A loss to Bengal, to India and to the world of cinema,” the post from his official Twitter handle read.
Sen was influenced by Marxism & was connected to the cultural wing of the Communist Party of India
Amitabh Bachchan tweeted, “Mrinal Sen no more. A most amiable, distinguished creative cinematic mind, contemporary of Satyajit Ray and Ritwik Ghatak.. I did my first ever voice over in his film ‘Bhuvan Shome’. Prayers and condolences.”
Renowned Bengali actor Parambrata Chatterjee tweeted, “End of an era… an epoch… legends never die… bhalo thakben (stay well).”
Nandita Das tweeted, “I dreaded the day I would have to write about Mrinal da in past tense. But I knew it was coming. I met him last on November 11th. He was frail but he didn’t leave my hand. Mrinal da, the world, and for sure my world won’t be the same without you.”
Veteran actor and film director Aparna Sen said the news came as a shock to her.
Mrinal Sen was born on May 14, 1923, in Faridpur, now Bangladesh. He did his post-graduation from Calcutta University.
Sen was influenced by Marxist ideology and was connected to the cultural wing of the Communist Party of India. He was a member of the Rajya Sabha from 1998 to 2003.
Sen’s last film as a director “Aamaar Bhuvan” (“This, My Land”) released in 2002.