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Balika Badhu Famed Director Tarun Majumdar Died at 91

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Veteran Bengali director Tarun Majumdar died Monday in Calcutta after a long illness. He was 91 years old. Majumdar had long suffered from kidney and heart problems and was admitted to the city’s SSKM hospital on June 14.

Majumdar remained in the wooden burn ward of SSKM hospital after his admission. However, he was transferred to the intensive care unit when his condition deteriorated. His condition had improved slightly in the last few days. But on Sunday he had to wear a fan after he deteriorated again. Doctors were unable to resuscitate him. Then the veteran director died in the hospital at 11:18 am on Monday, Anandabazaar Patrika reported.

In 1985, Tarun Majumdar made his directorial debut in the film industry with Basanta Choudhury in Alor Pipasha. Previously, he worked with Yatrik, a group of directors that included Tarun Majumdar, Dilip Mukhopadhyay, and Sachin Mukherjee. Yatrik disbanded in 1963.

Some of Tarun Majumdar’s best works include Balika Badhu (1976), Kuheli (1971), Shriman Prithviraj (1972), Dadar Kirti (1980), Smriti Tuku Thak (1960), Palatak (1963) and Ganadevata (1978). Over the decades of his career, he has worked with several notable actors such as Uttam Kumar, Suchitra Sen, Chhabi Biswas, Soumitra Chatterjee, and Sandhya Roy, just to name a few.

Tarun Majumdar has received four national film awards on his behalf for Kancher Swargo, Nimantran, Ganadevata, and Aranya Aamar. He was awarded Padma Shri in 1990.

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