Master filmmaker Tapan Sinha passed away at a city hospital after prolonged illness on early Thursday morning. He was suffering from pneumonia and septicaemia.
The 84-year-old had been in and out of hospitals over the last few years and was undergoing treatment at a city hospital since December 2008.
A Dadasaheb Phalke Award recipient, Sinha was best known for films like Kabuliwallah, Ek Doctor Ki Maut, Atanka and, more recently, Wheelchair.
Considered one of the last masters of Bengali cinema, with his death the Bengali film industry suffered a severe loss. Sinha is survived by his son Anindya, a professor with Bangalore-based Jawaharlal Nehru Center for Advanced Research and Studies.
Born on October 2, 1924, Sinha directed his first film Ankush in 1954. He, however, gained international acclaim in 1954 with Kabuliwalah, which went to Berlin International Film Festival.