Basu Chatterjee

Best films:
6.5 Jeena Yahan (1979)
Sara Akash (1969)
Piya Ka Ghar (1971)
Rajnigandha (1974)
7.0 Us Paar (1974)
6.5 Chhoti Si Baat (1975)
Chitchor (1976)
Swami (1977)
Priyatama (1977)
Rajnigandha (1974)
Piya Ka Ghar (1972)
Swami (1977)
Khatta Meetha (1978)
Chakravyuha (1978)
Jeena Yahan (1979)
Baton Baton Mein (1979)
Priyatama (1977)
Jeena Yahan (1979)
Man Pasand (1980)
Apne Paraye (1980)
Shaukeen (1982)
Hamari Bahu Alka (1982)
Shaukeen (1982)
Chameli Ki Shaadi (1986)
Ek Ruka Hua Faisla (1986)

Basu Chatterjee (India, 1927) rose to prominence with Sara Akash (1969), Us Paar (1974), possibly his best, a romance with music by Sachin Dev Burman, and the very popular comedy Chhoti Si Baat/ A Small Matter (1975). a remake of Robert Hamer's School for Scoundrels (1960).

He then directed Chitchor/ Heart Stealer) (1976), based on Subodh Ghosh's story "Chittachakor" with music by Ravindra Jain, Rajnigandha/ Tuberose (1974), based on Mannu Bhandari's short story "Yahi Sach Hai" with music by Salil Chowdhury, and Piya Ka Ghar/ My Beloved's House (1972), a remake of Raja Thakur's Marathi film Mumbaicha Jawai (1970), with music by Laxmikant Pyarelal.

Chatterjee's ambient cinema was a compromise between commercial cinema and the cinema verite' of the nouvelle vague. His films were shot in the streets and tackled daily problems. His cinema is ironic, sentimental, lighthearted, and often borders on the sophisticated comedy and the musical of Hollywood.

Rajesh Roshan scored: Chitchor/ Sweet and Sour (1976) Swami/ In Between Talks (1977), Priyatama (1977), Khatta Meetha (1978), Chakravyuha (1978), Jeena Yahan (1979), Baton Baton Mein (1979), Apne Paraye (1980), Man Pasand/ Favourite (1980), and Hamari Bahu Alka/ Our Daughter-in-Law Alka (1982).

Shaukeen (1982) was written by Samaresh Basu (whereas the previous ones had almost all been writted by Chatterjee himself) and scored by Rahul Dev Burman. Ek Ruka Hua Faisla/ A Pending Decision (1986), a remake of Sidney Lumet's 12 Angry Men (1957) which in turn was an adaptation of Reginald Rose's teleplay (1954), Chameli Ki Shaadi/ Chameli's Wedding (1986) and Kamla Ki Maut/ Death of Kamla (1989).

Later in life he directed films in Bengali such as Hothath Brishti/ Sudden Rain (1998), a remake of a 1996 Tamil movie, Chupi Chupi (2001), Tak Jhal Mishti (2002) and Hotath Shedin (2012), that sometimes also featured actors from Bangladesh.

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