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Veteran Bengali filmmaker Tarun Majumder dies at 91


The director won the National award for Kancher Swarga (1962), Nimantran (1971), Ganadevata (1979) and Aranya Amar (1985).

Photo: Courtesy Raj Chakrabarty on Twitter

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Veteran Bengali filmmaker Tarun Majumder died today in a hospital in Kolkata at 91. He had been admitted to the hospital a few days ago due to age-related issues.  

Majumder had over 40 films to his credit. He started off in 1959 with the romantic comedy Chawa Pawa, which starred the legendary Uttam Kumar and Suchitra Sen. Some of his notable films include Smriti Tuku Thak (1960), Kancher Swarga (1962), Nimantran (1971), Balika Badhu (1976), Ganadevata (1979), Dadar Kirti (1980) and Aranya Amar (1985)

Majumder won the National award for Kancher Swarga, Nimantran, Ganadevata and Aranya Amar. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1990 for his contribution to cinema. 

His last directorial venture was Bhalobasar Bari (2018), which starred Rituparna Sengupta and Silajit Majumder. 

Majumder was born on 8 January 1931 in Bogra, which was then a part of the Bengal Presidency of British India. His father, Birendranath Majumder, was a freedom fighter. 

West Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankar paid tribute to Majumder, tweeting, “Saddened to learn about the demise of veteran Bengali filmmaker Tarun Majumdar. His classics like Dadar Kirti and Balika Badhu are eternally imbibed in our hearts and earned him four National awards and Padma Shri in 1990. Prayers and condolences to the bereaved family and his fans. RIP.” 

Filmmaker Srijit Mukherji also expressed his condolences on Twitter. “The last of the constellation which had [Satyajit] Ray, [Ritwik] Ghatak, [Mrinal] Sen and [Tapan] Sinha, who cracked the rare alchemical code of box office, film festival and awards glory regularly leaves us today. Nimontron, Shreeman Prithviraj, Shongshar Shimaante, Pawlatok, Thogini — travel well, Legend.”