(Actor Rajit Kapur played the titular detective in Basu Chatterjee’s evergreen detective drama “Byomkesh Bakshi”, which ran on Doordarshan through two seasons in 1993 and 1997. The popular show is currently seeing a rerun on the channel)
BY RAJIT KAPUR
I feel no one can make films like Basu Chatterjee. His approach to cinema was simple yet different. His films were filled of love and humour. It is the reason why one can watch his movies multiple times and yet not get bored.
I feel fortunate to be a part of his television show “Byomkesh Bakshi”. While working with him I understood that he was a simple man in his real life, too. That is precisely what he applied in his movies. He will always be remembered for the simplicity and effectiveness with which he made his films.
Basu sir and Hrishikesh Mukherjee had a lot in common. Both these filmmakers will always be remembered for their brand of slice-of-life films. No one can match their magic.
I will always remember Basu sir was a great person first and foremost. In recent times, I met him about four years ago. I will miss him a lot, especially that smile, which he always carried on his face.
(As told to Simran Sethi)