Veteran film director Aurobindo Mukherjee passed away in Kolkata, West Bengal after ailing from geriatric problems. He was 97.
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. Mukherjee had given debut role to Jaya Bhaduri (Jaya Bachchan) in the film Dhanyee Meye in 1971.