Sameera, up till then, had been a part of a number of mainstream movies, together with Sanjay Gupta’s Musafir, in which she performed a dancer. Bring this up and she or he says, “You know, despite being a part of mainstream cinema, Buddhadeb Dasgupta had the foresight to cast me in Kaalpurush. I don’t know how but he envisioned me in a role I could never have seen myself in. He could somehow sense what someone is capable of even without them realising it. No one had imagined I could become a part of a world like Kaalpurush, which exposed me to a different realm of cinema. That film changed a lot for my career. I could find my spot under the arclights at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival thanks to him. Today, his passing hurts because without him, a huge part of my professional growth would not have occurred.”
Noted poet and filmmaker Buddhadeb Dasgupta handed away this morning at the age of 77. He was acknowledged for his movies like Bagh Bahadur, Tahader Katha, Charachar and Uttara. Bagh Bahadur (1989), Charachar (1993), Lal Darja (1997), Mondo Meyer Upakhyan (2002) and Kaalpurush (2008) received the National Film Award for Best Feature Film whereas Dooratwa (1978) and Tahader Katha (1993) bagged the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Bengali in the respective years.
Buddhadeb additionally received the National Film Award for Best Direction twice, for Uttara (2000) and Swapner Din (2005).