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Veteran Bengali filmmaker and Padma Shri Tarun Majumdar passes away at age 91

By Priyanka Verma 
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Mumbai: On Monday, Veteran Bengali director Tarun Majumdar passed away at aged 91. Majumdar had been suffering from kidney and heart problems for a long time, and was admitted to SSKM Hospital in the city on June 14.

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Tarun Majumdar received Padma Shri in 1990 and has won five Filmfare awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2021. Tarun Majumdar made his debut as an independent film director in 1965, with Alor Pipasha.

Previously, he was part of Yatrik, a group of filmmakers also including Dilip Mukhopadhyay and Sachin Mukherjee. The group separated in 1963. Under Yatrik, his first film was Chaowa Pawa (1959), which he jontly directed with Dilip Mukhopadhyay and Sachin Mukherjee. 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).

During decades of his career, he has worked with several notable actors such as Uttam Kumar, Suchitra Sen, Chhabi Biswas, Soumitra Chatterjee and Sandhya Roy to name a few. Talking about his films, earlier in 2015, Tarun Majumdar had said, “I have always been intrigued by human relationships and values. I think the quest of a man is to become a better human being. I think I understand the middle-class milieu better and hence interpreted it in various ways on celluloid.”

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