Basu Chatterjee (1930-2020): The maestro of Middle Cinema
Basu Chatterjee made uncommon films about common lives and immortalised Mumbai onscreen in ‘Chhoti Si Baat’, ‘Rajnigandha’ and ‘Baton Baton Mein’
Is your go-to image of Mumbai on film Amol Palekar nervously approaching Vidya Sinha aboard a bright red BEST bus? Or Amitabh Bachchan and Moushumi Chatterjee walking in the rain on Marine Drive, drenched and happy? Perhaps it’s Palekar sketching Tina Munim in a crowded local train. All these moments come from the films of one man. Basu Chatterjee, whose four-decade career yielded some of Hindi cinema’s most beloved films, died this morning at his Mumbai home, of age-related ailments. He was 90.