Sunday, December 12, 2010

Producer RD Bansal passed away.

Producer RD Bansal passed away.

Eminent Producer RD Bansal passed away on 11th December, 2010 at the age of 88 years. During the golden age of Bengali films, that is the 50s and 60s, he produced classic film made by the all the giant directors of Bengal, including Oscar Winning director Satyajit Ray, Dada Saheb Phalke Winner Tapan Sinha, Ajoy Kar, Mrinal Sen, and others. As producer he received the President’s gold medal and silver medal a number of times, the awards for the best feature film made in the respective years.

He produced Ray’s film Charulata and Kapurush Mahapurush. While Charulata dealt with classic literature of Rabindranath Tagore, Kapurush Mahapurush dealt with two different stories. Mahapurush dealt with comedy oriented story of Rajshekhar Basu having pen-name Parashuram, who had social message in the film. Both the films of Ray were classical masterpieces and won several awards both national and international. He also produced Ray’s film Jay Baba Felunath, which was based on the detective stories written by Tagore on the cases solved by Feluda or Prodosh Mitra. He also produced the film Mahanagar.

He also produced Ajoy Kar’ film Saat Pake Bandha. For the brilliant performance in the role of a struggling woman, Suchitra Sen received special jury award from Moscow, Russia.

He produced the film Shashibabur Sangsar, where Chabi Biswas played the brilliant role of the karta of hindu undivided family in the name of Sashibabu. He also produced the film Shesh Porjonto, where Biswajeet Chatterji and Sulata Choudhury played pivotal roles. In the later years he produced the film Nishijapon directed Sandip Ray.

Producers of the present age should learn from RD Bansal, the art of producing meaning realistic films. Although the films were created with intellectual acumen, the common mass had enjoyed them. RD Bansal’s films should be preserved and restored.

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