So long, Chidananda
Film critic and director Chidananda Dasgupta died at his home in Kolkata on Sunday. Dasgupta, 89, was the father of actress-filmmaker Aparna Sen.
He was suffering from acute pneumonia and Parkinson's disease, doctors said.
Alongside filmmakers such as Satyajit Ray and Bansi Chandragupta, Dasgupta founded the country's first film society dedicated to feature films — Calcutta Film Society — in 1947.
The society was the harbinger of the new wave cinema in the country, playing an important role in making world cinema accessible to Indian viewers and also started the film society movement.
He wrote over 2,000 articles on cinema in several periodicals and magazines, and in 1980 authored The Cinema of Satyajit Ray.
Dasgupta directed seven films including The Stuff Of Steel (1969), The Dance of Shiva (1968), Portrait of a City (1961) and Bilet Pherat (1972).