Published On: Sun, Dec 30th, 2018

Renowned filmmaker Mrinal Sen dies at 95

Kolkata: Celebrated filmmaker Mrinal Sen passed away due to cardiac arrest at his residence in West Bengal’s Bhowanipore on Sunday morning.

File Photo: Legendary filmmaker Mrinal Sen

The 95-year-old National Award-winning director was honored with Dadasaheb Phalke award and Padma Bhushan award, for his nonpareil contribution to the Indian cinema.

Born on 14 May 1923, in the town of Faridpur (now in Bangladesh), Sen left home and came to Kolkata for studies.

His first stepping stone in the word of cinema was his feature film, ‘Raat Bhore’, in 1955. However, he made his first indelible mark in the film industry with his film ‘Bhuvan Shome in 1969.

Mourning the director’s death, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted, “Saddened at the passing away of Mrinal Sen. A great loss to the film industry. My condolences to his family.”

Bhuvan Shome’, ‘Chorus’, ‘Mrigaya’ and ‘Akaler Sandhane’ are some of his highly celebrated works which made his contribution to Bengali parallel cinema remarkable.

His body will not be cremated until Sen’s son, Kunal Sen who lives in Chicago, arrives in Kolkata.

Mrinal Sen told his family that after his death people should not place flowers and wreaths on his body and it should not be kept in a public place for people to pay their respects.


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