Legendary filmmaker Mrinal Sen died at the age of 95, today. The Padma Bhushan and Dada Saheb Phalke awardee died around 10:30 AM at his home in Bhawanipore, Kolkata. He had been suffering from age-related ailments for a long time.
Best known for films like Bhuvan Shome, Neel Akasher Neechey, Calcutta 71 and Padatik, Sen, along with his contemporaries Satyajit Ray and Ritwik Ghatak, was one of the faces of Bengali parallel cinema. He is renowned for his depiction of social reality.
Sen was born in Faridpur in Bangladesh on May 14, 1923. After completing high school in Bangladesh, Sen came to Kolkata. He studied physics at Scottish Church College. He got a post-graduate degree from the University of Calcutta. The veteran filmmaker is considered to be one of the greatest ambassadors of Indian parallel cinema at an international level.
He is known for helming films like ‘Ek Din Achanak’, ‘Padatik’ and ‘Mrigayaa’ among many others. President Ram Nath Kovind called Sen’s demise a “loss to Bengal, to India and to the world of cinema”.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed his “dexterity and sensitivity” in making films. “Our country is grateful to Shri Mrinal Sen for giving us some of the most memorable films. The dexterity and sensitivity with which he made films is noteworthy. His rich work is admired across generations. Saddened by his demise. My thoughts are with his family and admirers,” he tweeted.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also condoled his demise. The loss was mourned not only by several personalities from the Bengali film industry, but from film industries across the country.
Amitabh Bachchan remembered the filmmaker fondly and revealed that he did his first-ever voiceover for Sen’s film Bhuvan Shome. Bachchan wrote on Twitter, “Mrinal Sen no more .. a most amiable, distinguished creative cinematic mind , contemporary of Satyajit Ray and Rithik Ghatak.. I did my first ever voice over in his film BHUVAN SHOME .. prayers and condolences. (sic)”