NEW DELHI, Dec 30, 2018, India Today. It is a sad day for Indian cinema, as legendary filmmaker Mrinal Sen breathed his last this morning, after a prolonged battle with age-related ailments. He was 95, reported the India Today.
Best known for films like Bhuvan Shome, Neel Akasher Neechey, Calcutta 71 and Padatik, Sen along with his contemporaries Satyajit Ray and Ritwik Ghatak, was one of the faces of Bengali parallel cinema. He is renowned for his depiction of social reality.
Sen received the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, which is the country’s highest award in cinema, in 2003. He is also the recipient of multiple National Awards.
“Sen passed away today around 10.30 am due to age-related ailments,” a family member informed PTI. He is survived by his son, Kunal.
President Ram Nath Kovind called Sen’s demise a “loss to Bengal, to India and to the world of cinema”. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also condoled his demise.
Sad to learn of the passing of acclaimed film-maker Mrinal Sen. From Bhuvan Shome to the Calcutta trilogy, his penetrating and sensitive portrayal of social realities made him a fine chronicler of our times. A loss to Bengal, to India and to the world of cinema #PresidentKovind
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) December 30, 2018