Master filmmaker Tapan Sinha dead

In a career spanning over three decades, he made three films based on Tagore's works.

Sinha straddled Hindi and Bengali films with equal ease, and left the industry with gems in the form of children's films like Sabuj Dwiper Raja (1979), Safed Hathi (1978), Anokhi Moti (2000).

Breaking rules was his second nature. Take, for example, Apon Jon (1968). In the 60's, while the flavour of Bengali cinema was delicate romance, Sinha's film explored the underbelly of the world of local toughies and strong arm tactics. In fact, unrest was one of the recurrent issues in his films like in Sagina Mahato (1970). Sinha was one of the first Tollywood filmmakers who roped in Bollywood actors for his films. From Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu to Vaijanthimala, all had acted in his films.

His last work, Daughters of the Century (2001), brought together an ensemble cast of leading ladies from Jaya Bachchan to Nandita Das to Deboshree Roy to depict the privations of women down time.

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