Sameera Reddy: Despite being a part of mainstream cinema, Buddhadeb Dasgupta had the foresight to cast me in Kaalpurush
Notable filmmaker Buddhadeb Dasgupta died today, at the age of 77, after suffering through prolonged kidney ailment. Remembering the National award-winning director, several celebs from the film industry mourned his tragic loss. Speaking to Bombay Times, Nawaz shared his thoughts on the director. He said, ‘I was an admirer of dada way before I got an opportunity to work with him in ‘Anwar Ka Ajab Kissa’. He was so removed from the commercial gain of cinema. Money didn’t drive him. He had an artistic approach to cinema and its rare to find that today, where there’s so much superficiality. He was affected by how the world functions. His cinema reflected people’s deeper thoughts. No director could explore a character’s inner journey better than Buddhada. His films were character oriented and delved deeper into their psyche. We need that kind of thinking more. I feel no one explored my inner journey through a character better than him.’ When the news of filmmaker-poet Buddhadeb Dasgupta’s passing away reached Sameera Reddy this morning, her eyes welled up. She said, ‘I can’t believe he is no more. It’s too shocking and something that’s made me numb. He taught me something as simple and as basic as eating maach and bhaat. There’s a way in which Bengalis eat and that had to be seeded into my performance. Today, his passing hurts because without him, a huge part of my professional growth would not have occurred.’ Actress Deepti Naval too shared her fond memories with him. She told, ‘He was to me like a brother or a friend and every time I visited Kolkata, I made sure I met him. We bonded well on our poetries. He had sent me his book of poems. His work should be preserved and that’s all I would want. The only way we can pay homage to any sensitive artiste who spent his life on his art is by preserving his work where students can easily access it and learn from his work.’ For the unversed, Buddhadeb Dasgupta was acknowledged for his films like ‘Bagh Bahadur’, ‘Tahader Katha’, ‘Charachar’ and ‘Uttara’. ‘Tahader Katha’ (1993) bagged the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Bengali.