Dhaka, Dec 30 (UNB) - Mrinal Sen, the legendary director of Indian cinema based in West Bengal, is no more.
Part of the Pantheon of visionary filmmakers to emerge in the ‘parallel cinema’ of West Bengal in the 20th century, with the likes of Satyajit Ray and Ritwik Ghatak, Sen died of a cardiac arrest at his residence in Kolkata’s Bhabanipur on Sunday. He was 95.
Tracing his roots to Faridpur in Bangladesh, Sen was born on May 14, 1923. He has directed a handful of critically acclaimed films that put Bangla Cinema on the map including “Baishe Srabon”, “Chorus”, “Akaler Sandhaney”, “Bhuvan Shome”, “Parasuram” and more. His fanbase, not surprisingly, spanned the entire Bengal, including Bangladesh.
He won Silver Prize in Moscow International Film Festival in 1975 for Chorus; the Grand Jury Prize for Akaler Sandhaney in Berlin International Film Festival in 1981 and the Jury Prize in Cannes Film Festival in 1983 for Kharij. Additionally he won numerous accolades at home and abroad.
He is survived by his son Kunal Sen.