Legendary Bengali Filmmaker Mrinal Sen Passes Away At 95

| December 30 , 2018 , 14:40 IST

One of the towering figures of Indian cinema, Mrinal Sen passed away on Sunday morning at his south Kolkata residence due to age-related ailments. He was 95.

The body will be kept at a moratorium in the city until his son Kunal Sen returns from abroad.

Sen was born on 14 May 1923, in the town of Faridpur, now in Bangladesh. After finishing high school there, he left home to come to Calcutta as a student. He studied physics at Scottish Church College and subsequently earned a postgraduate degree at the University of Calcutta.

He made his debut as a filmmaker with a feature film, Raat Bhore in 1955, which starred Uttam Kumar. He is known for his acclaimed films like Aakash Kusum (1965), Bhuvan Shome (1969), Calcutta 71 and Interview (1971), Khandhar (1974), Chorus (1975), Mrigaya (1977), Akaler Sandhane (1981) and Ek Din Achanak (1989). Aamar Bhuwan (2002) was his last feature film.

The Padma Bhushan and Dada Saheb Phalke awardee is considered to be one of the greatest ambassadors of Indian parallel cinema at an international level. He was heavily influenced by French New Wave cinema.

Tributes for the icon have started pouring in on social media.