Eminent film critic, film historian and pioneer of film society movement in India, Chidananda Dasgupta, 89, passed away late Sunday night in Kolkata. He was suffering from acute broncho pneumonia and Parkinson’s disease according to reports.
Father of noted actor-director, Aparna Sen, Dasgupta started Calcutta Film Society along with Satyajit Ray in 1947.
Dasgupta is known for his writing on cinema, especially on the films of his friend Satyajit Ray. His book “The Cinema of Satyajit Ray” is considered a must read in order to understand the cinematic nuances of the master.
Apart from contributing to the British film journal “Sight and Sound” in 1957, with Ray, he started the “Indian Film Quarterly”. He also made seven films: The Stuff Of Steel (1969), The Dance of Shiva (1968), Portrait of a City (1961), Amodini (1994), Zaroorat Ki Purti (1979), Rakhto (1973) and Bilet Pherat (1972).