Basu Chatterjee is an Indian screenplay writer and director. He was born on 10th January 1930 in Ajmer, Rajasthan. Chatterjee kicked-off his career in Mumbai, then Bombay, by joining the weekly magazine, Blitz. He worked there for 18 years as a cartoonist and an analyst. He changed his career preferences when he joined Basu Bhattacharya as an assistant director for the
Raj Kapoor and
Waheeda Rehman as lead cast 'Teesri Kasam', the film won the National Film Award for the Best Feature Film. He directed his first movie in the year 1969; it was named 'Sara Akash'; the movie won the Filmfare Award for Best Screenplay.
The movie is based on the novel of the same name by Rajendra Yadav. 'Sara Akash' along with 'Uski Roti' of
Mani Kaul and 'Bhuvan Shome' of Mrinal Sen changed the face of Indian cinema and placed the base of Indian New Wave Cinema. These films portrayed obstacles, emotions, relationships and desires of the ordinary peoples. Few notable films made by Chatterjee are '
Rajanigandha', 'Baaton Batton Mein', 'Ek Ruka Hua Faisla', 'Dillagi', '
Swami' for which he won the Filmfare award for Best Director, 'Shaukeen', for 'Choti Si Baat' he received Filmfare Award for Best Screenplay and many more. He has also worked with
Rajesh Khanna, and
Amitabh Bachchan though there films together were not much noticed. Chatterjee has directed some Bengali movies too.
Chatterjee's popular TV series are '
Byomkesh Bakshi' and 'Rajani'. In 1977, he was among the judges team at the 10th Moscow International Film Festival. He was honored with Lifetime Achievement Award at IIFA.