KOLKATA: Just four days after the selection of ‘Sohra Bridge’ in the Indian Panorama selection of the India International Film Festival, director Bappaditya Bandopadhyay passed away in a city nursing home.

He was kept in ventilator after a multi-organ failure. On Saturday evening, he succumbed to the third cardiac attack. He was 45 and is survived by his parents and brother.

He started his career in direction with ‘Sampradan’. He has been a crusader of independent cinema. Bappaditya had directed 11 films, including ‘Houseful’, ‘Kaal’, ‘Shilpantar’, ‘Kalantar’, ‘Elar Char Adhay’, ‘Kagojer Bou’ and ‘Nayika Sangbad’.

Tollywood was shocked to receive the news. Bappaditya had begun his career assisting Buddhadeb Dasgupta. “His father, writer Debasish Bandopadhyay, was my friend. I know Bappa since his youth. He has assisted me in quite a few films before he started directing on his own. Unlike many young directors who compromise with their vision, Bappa never did that. That’s something many ought to learn from him,” said Buddhadeb Dasgupta.

Not too many know that Bappaditya was a gifted poet too.

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Source: TOI-Kol