Asit Sen (director)
Asit Sen (24 September 1922 – 25 August 2001) was a Bengali Indian film director, cinematographer and screenwriter, who worked in both Bengali and Hindi cinema. He was born in Dhaka, now in modern-day Bangladesh, when it was part of East Bengal in British India. He directed 17 feature films in Hindi and Bengali, and was most known for the films Deep Jweley Jai (1959) and Uttar Falguni (1963) in Bengali, Mamta (1966), Khamoshi (1969), Anokhi Raat (1968) and Safar (1970) in Hindi.
|Born||24 September 1922|
|Died||25 August 2001 (aged 78)|
|Occupation||film director, screenwriter|
Sen started his career, assisting director-producer Bimal Roy at New Theatres in Kolkata, however, the Kolkata-based film industry was now on the decline, thus Roy shifted base to Bombay (now Mumbai) along with his team in 1950, which included Sen, Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Nabendu Ghosh, Kamal Bose and later Salil Chaudhury, and by 1952 he had restarted the second phase of his career with Maa (1952) for Bombay Talkies. Though he had made the Assamese film Biplabi (1948), after his shift, he made his Hindi film debut with Parivaar (1956), produced by Bimal Roy and starring Kishore Kumar, and Usha Kiran, however he continued working in Bengali cinema. He assisted Roy in Parineeta (1953) and Biraj Bahu (1954). Next he made the Bengali film Chalachal in 1956, starring Arundhati Devi, which was a success, and many years later he remade the film in Hindi as Safar, which was also a hit. In 1959, he made Deep Jwele Jaai (1959), starring Suchitra Sen, set in a psychiatric hospital, which again he remade in Hindi as Khamoshi in 1969, with Rajesh Khanna and Waheeda Rehman. In Mamta (1966), a remake of his 1963 Bengali film Uttar Falguni, a story about class conflict, he excelled as a storyteller. The film had lead actress Suchitra Sen in a double role, and featured memorable songs, "Rahen Na Rahen Hum", sung by Lata Mangeshkar and her hit duet "Chuppa Lo Yun Dil Mein Pyar Mera", with Hemant Kumar. He joined National Institute of Film And Fine Arts in 1993 as the Vice principal of the organisation and till his death he served in film education for society.
Sen worked with some of the most prominent actors in Bollywood during his career. As a director in Khamoshi (1969), he directed Rajesh Khanna, and in Sharafat (1970) he directed Dharmendra, Hema Malini and Ashok Kumar. In Annadata (1972), he directed Jaya Bachchan. In Maa Aur Mamta (1970), he directed Ashok Kumar. in Mamta (1966), he directed Suchitra Sen, Ashok Kumar and Dharmendra. In Bairaag he directed Helen, Madan Puri and Kader Khan, and in Anari (1975), he directed actors Shashi Kapoor, Sharmila Tagore, Moushumi Chatterjee and Kabir Bedi.
Sen was nominated twice for Filmfare Best Director Award, and won once. He was nominated for his direction of Mamta in 1967, and won the award in 1971 for Safar, which starred Rajesh Khanna, Sharmila Tagore and Feroz Khan.
He died at a Kolkata hospital on 25 August 2001 at the age of 79. He was survived by his only son Partha Sen.
Hindi and BengaliEdit
|1956||Chalachal||Bengali||Remade in Hindi as Safar in 1970.|
|1959||Deep Jweley Jai||Bengali||The movie was remade in Hindi in 1969 as Khamoshi.|
|1963||Uttar Falguni||Bengali||At the 11th National Film Awards, the film was awarded National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Bengali.|
|1966||Mamta||Hindi||Remake of Uttar Falguni|
|1969||Khamoshi||Hindi||Remake of Deep Jweley Jai|
|1970||Maa Aur Mamta||Hindi|
|1970||Safar||Hindi||Remake of 1956 Bengali film Chalachal.|
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