Asit Sen (director)

Asit Sen (24 September 1922 – 25 August 2001) was an 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.

Asit Sen
Born(1922-09-24)24 September 1922
Died25 August 2001(2001-08-25) (aged 78)
NationalityIndian
Occupationfilm director, screenwriter
Years active1948–1983

CareerEdit

Remembered as a prominent filmmaker of his times with a career of more than four decades, making films in different Indian languages, Asit Sen’s contribution in Indian cinema deserves a special mention along with other stalwarts of that era. He is not to be mistaken with actor (Asit Sen). Born September 24, 1922 in Dhaka, Asit Sen was a child with a keen interest towards art. Post his schooling in Nagaon (Assam) he shifted to (Kolkata) for further studies, and in his youth he got drawn towards photography. With the help of his uncle Ramanand Sengupta, who was an established cinematographer, Asit Sen started attending shootings of Hindi films and then joined Bharat Laxmi Productions as an assistant to D.K. Mehta. Soon he became an assistant to his uncle in Purbarag (1947) and then later went on to become an independent filmmaker.

Following his passion, Sen first made a documentary following Mahatma Gandhi’s tours in Noakhali and Patna. With the confidence gained, he then made his directorial debut with the Assamese language film Biplabi in 1948. A few years later he made his first 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.[1] In 1959, he made Deep Jwele Jai (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.[2] 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, "Rahein Na Rahein Hum", sung by Lata Mangeshkar and her soft, almost spiritual duet "Chhupa Lo Yoon Dil Mein Pyar Mera", with Hemant Kumar.[3] Asit Sen then joined National Institute of Film And Fine Arts in 1993 as a teacher 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 director of Khamoshi (1969), he directed Rajesh Khanna, and in Sharafat (1970) he directed Dharmendra, Hema Malini and Ashok Kumar. In the unique themed movie Annadata (1972), he directed Om Prakash and Jaya Bachchan. In Maa Aur Mamta (1970), he directed Ashok Kumar. in Mamta (1966) Suchitra Sen, Ashok Kumar and Dharmendra. Another engaging story was Bairaag where Asit Sen 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.

Asit Sen died at a Kolkata hospital on 25 August 2001 at the age of 79. He was survived by his only son Partha Sen.[1]

FilmographyEdit

Hindi and BengaliEdit

Year Film Language Notes
1948 Biplabi Assamese
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.[4]
1963 Uttar Falguni Bengali At the 11th National Film Awards, the film was awarded National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Bengali.[5]
1966 Mamta Hindi Remake of Uttar Falguni
1968 Anokhi Raat Hindi
1969 Khamoshi Hindi Remake of Deep Jweley Jai
1970 Maa Aur Mamta Hindi
1970 Safar Hindi Remake of 1956 Bengali film Chalachal.[6]
1970 Sharafat Hindi
1972 Anokha Daan Hindi
1972 Annadata Hindi
1975 Anari Hindi
1976 Bairaag Hindi
1982 Vakil Babu Hindi
1983 Mehndi Hindi
1984 Prarthana Bengali [7]

AwardsEdit

  1. ^ a b "Film-maker Asit Sen dead". The Tribune, Chandigarh. 26 August 2001. Retrieved 29 April 2013.
  2. ^ "BLAST FROM THE PAST: Khamoshi 1969". The Hindu. 16 August 2008. Archived from the original on 4 August 2009. Retrieved 29 April 2013.
  3. ^ "Blast From The Past: Mamta (1966)". The Hindu. 2 April 2010. Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 29 April 2013.
  4. ^ http://noisebreak.com/6-old-gold-bengali-movies-inspired-bollywood-remake-part-ii/
  5. ^ a b "11th National Film Awards". International Film Festival of India. Archived from the original on 2 May 2017.
  6. ^ http://www.thehindu.com/features/friday-review/history-and-culture/iddaru-mithrulu-1961/article8764824.ece
  7. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2624202/

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