Eminent Indian film director Mrinal Sen passed away on Sunday after a prolonged battle with age-related ailments, family sources said. He was 95.
A recipient of Padma Bhushan, India’s third highest civilian award, Sen is best known for films such ‘Neel Akasher Neechey’, ‘Bhuvan Shome’, ‘Ek Din Achanak’, ‘Padatik’ and ‘Mrigayaa’, was one of the most acclaimed filmmakers of the country and an ambassador of parallel cinema.
"Sen passed away today around 10.30 am due to age-related ailments," a family member said.
The auteur, who has won multiple National Film awards, including India’s top most film honour Dadasaheb Phalke award, was known for his artistic depiction of social reality.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee condoled the demise of Sen on Twitter.
"Saddened at the passing away of Mrinal Sen. A great loss to the film industry. My condolences to his family," she tweeted.
CPI Secretary General Sitaram Yechury also remembered the filmmaker for his humanistic narrative.
"Mrinal Sen's passing away is a big loss not only to Cinema but to the world of Culture & India's civilisational values. Mrinal da radicalised cinematography by his people-centric humanistic narrative. Deepest condolences," he wrote.
Bengali film industry also mourned the loss of the illustrious director.
Parambrata Chatterjee tweeted, "End of an era. an epoch. legends never die. bhalo thakben (stay well)."
Prosenjit Chatterjee said, "At the end of the year receiving news like demise of the legend Mrinal Sen saddens and shocks us. Mrinal jethu gave a new perspective to Indian Cinema. It's a huge loss for all of us. May his soul rest in peace."
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has mourned the loss of Sen on Twitter. Sen’s passing away is a great loss for the film industry, she wrote.