Veteran film director Aurobindo Mukherjee passed away in Kolkata at his residence. He was 97. He was ailing from geriatric problems for some time.
Mukherjee was the maker of cult Bengali classics like ‘Mouchak, ‘Agniswar” and ‘Nishipadma’, all of them starred matinee idol Uttam Kumar in the early 1970s. He was younger brother of famous novelist Balaichand Mukhopadhyay who is popularly known as Bonophool. He had joined Tollywood in 1950s. Shakti Samanta’s film Amar Prem was inspired by Mukherjee’s ‘Nishipadma’ which had starred Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila Tagore.
He is survived by two sons and a daughter. His wife died earlier. Mukherjee had also discovered a young Jaya Bhaduri who would later become famous as a Bollywood actress and marry superstar Amitabh Bachchan in ‘Dhanyee Meye’ in 1971. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has condoled the Mukherjee’s death.