The demise of noted filmmaker and poet, Buddhadeb Dasgupta, has left many devastated. The 77-year-old National Award winner and recipient of many other prestigious awards and recognitions was like family to most people he had worked with. Actress Jaya Seal Ghosh, who shot to fame with Dasgupta's Uttara, is one of them. said Jaya. "Anindita Sarbadhikari had made a film, Barkha, which was screened at the film festival. Adil Hussain and I were featured. Kaku saw my work then and the next day I flew down from Mumbai to Kolkata. He told me, 'Jaya, you are my Uttara'. I was surprised at such a fast selection. I went back with the script in hand,"said Jaya..
Dasgupta has left such a deep impact on Jaya with his style of working that even today she follows every bit of what she learnt in Uttara. "My work reflects Kaku's direction style. He would be so absorbed in his work and his line of thought was so unique that it made a deep impact on me, like it has on many others. He gave me the biggest compliment an actor can receive. He had said, 'Jaya doesn't act, she tends to behave according to the requirements of the scene at hand'. Till today, while working those words resonate and I forget the presence of the camera. " she said.
The actress is sure that Dasgupta's legacy will live on. "When I went to Venice with Kaku during Uttara, I saw the respect and recognition he received from the foreign audience, critics and media alike. Sadly, I feel, India didn't quite recognise his work well. He was, perhaps, the last of the filmmakers in the league of Satyajit Ray, Ritwik Ghatak, Mrinal Sen and Shyam Benegal. He has already left the mark of his genius in his daughter Alokananda Dasgupta, whom we call Shiuli at home," Jaya shared.