Legendary filmmaker, Mrinal Sen, breathed his last on December 30 at 10.30 am in his family home in Bhowanipore, Kolkata. Sen had been struggling with age-related ailments for a long time.
The iconic filmmaker was a giant not only in the Indian film industry but revered in international film circuits too. He was part of the trio that brought both local and international spotlight to Bengali parallel-cinema. The other two being Satyajit Ray and Ritwik Ghatak.
He was the recipient of multiple National Awards, a Dadasaheb Phalke Award, a Cannes Jury Award, and India's top civilian honour, the Padma Bhushan.
Some of his most celebrated works include Akash Kusum (1965), Bhuvan Shome (1969), Mrigayaa (1976), Calcutta 71 (1971), Ek Din Pratidin (1980), Akaler Sandhane (1980), and Khandhar (1984).
Sen was a giant whose cinema expertly portrayed the woes of the middle-class.
His demise was grieved by many on social media.
Chorus, Interview, Kharij, Khandhar...#MrinalSen made the personal political. If Satyajit Ray planted creepers along the walls, Sen penned graffiti on it. A life that enriched cinema, indeed. (Image from Khandhar) pic.twitter.com/6cp5JPgbjM— Farzana Versey (@farzana_versey) December 30, 2018
T 3043 - 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 🙏🙏— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) December 30, 2018
Saddened at the passing away of Mrinal Sen. A great loss to the film industry. My condolences to his family— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) December 30, 2018
The last of the greats has left us. Mrinal Sen is no more. Here's Sen in one of his iconic photographs, shooting during a general strike in Calcutta sometime in the '70s. Rest in celluloid, maestro. pic.twitter.com/xB0DQ36ZAw— Sayantan Ghosh (@sayantansunnyg) December 30, 2018