In the milieu of the starry convention of films where he rests now, Basu Chatterjee has been an exemplary creator of the arts. For someone who came to be associated with middle cinema or middle-of-the-road cinema during the 1970s and the 1980s, it would be no exaggeration to say that Chatterjee has been one of India’s finest in the creative realm of filmmaking. As the veteran director- screen writer left for his heavenly abode in a year that has seen many a legend losing it in the game of life, here’s revisiting some of his most ionic films that will continue to hold him alive and dear in public presence-
Chhoti Si Baat
One of the finest romantic comedies Bollywood has laughed along with, Chhoti Si Baat clicked because it was a very sweet and simple movie. One that did not rely on extravagance to deliver entertainment to the masses, the 1975 film speaks of Chatterjee’s ability to spin classics out of the ordinary.
Baton Baton Mein
Another romantic comedy, this time pairing Tina Munim with Amol Palekar, Baton Baton Mein is also a genius play on the mundane by Chatterjee. Even with a premise that is more commonplace that filmy, the iconic filmmaker weave out a tale that deliver the smiles and the gleams.
Yet another Palekar- Chatterjee venture, the romantic musical Chitchor is a gripping tale, albeit one laced with such emotions Chatterjee so adeptly plays with on screen. A feel good, melodious offering, Chitchor wows with more than just its National Film Award winning credibilities.
Chameli ki Shaadi
Speaking volumes about the versatility of Basu Chatterjee as a filmmaker is the 1986 flick Chameli Ki Shaadi. A satire on the caste system and perhaps one of the earliest films where the female character wasn’t merely the love interest, the film delivered its intention with such gusto and finesse that even in its rib tickling humour you won’t lose track of what the film tends to be all through.
Kamla ki Maut
Venturing offbeat from the trademark Basu Chatterjee comedy realm is the 1989 film Kamla ki Maut that dealt with stirring issues of love, pre-marital sex and relationships in modern India. In picking up such sensitivity as its core, Chatterjee made a film that was much ahead of its times. A rare diversion from the filmmaker’s feel good range of classics, Kamla ki Maut reinstated once again what put Chatterjee apart from others of his clan at a time when the sureshot mantra to success was rarely compromised on. For Chatterjee to make the cut from his classics to deliver a film more rooted in the not so rosy reality sure speaks about not just his personal beliefs but also render him all the more versatile a cinematic genius.