National Award-winning Bengali filmmaker Anjan Das, best known for films like Sanjhbatir Rupkathara , Achin Pakhi and Faltu, died today following an illness, family sources said.
Mr Das, who was in his sixties, died at a hospital where he
was being treated for liver cancer.
His 2006 film Faltu which featured Soumitra Chatterjee
and Indrani Halder had won the National Award for the best
feature film on welfare. A poignant tale on refugees, it was
based on Syed Mustafa Siraj's story Ranir Ghater Brittanto.
Most of his films were adapted from literature.
The director had won international critical acclaim with
his 2001 film Sanjhbatir Rupkathara (Strokes and
Silhouettes), a celluloid adaptation of poet Joy Goswami's
first novel. The film was showcased at several international film festivals
like Montreal, London, Rome, Rotterdam, Edmonton, Madrid,
Singapore among others.
His 2004 film Iti Srikanta (Yours truly, Srikanta)
had bagged the National Award for Best Audiography.
Jara Brishtitey Bhije Chilo (Drenched in the
rain), based on a poem by Goswami, had won the special
director's award at Almaty, Kazakhstan besides fetching the
the director a special jury award in Spain.
In 2010 his film Achin Pakhi was screened at the Cairo
International Film Festival. His other films include Banshiwala, Bedeni and
Ajana Batash. Having started his career with the unsuccessful 1976 film
Sainik, he started making documentaries only to
return to cinema a few years later.