Family rubbishes veteran filmmaker Mrinal Sen death reports

In a death hoax, reports circulated that ace filmmaker Mrinal Sen has passed away. However, the veteran director’s family rubbished the rumours and said that Sen is absolutely fine.

“News (passing away) is false, he is absolutely fine and having tea right now: Legendary filmmaker Mrinal Sen's family,” news agency ANI posted on its Twitter handle.

The 93-year-old filmmaker was reported to have passed away on Wednesday by a section of the press. Soon after, Twitter was flooded with messages condoling the demise of the legendary filmmaker. The mourners also included celebrated figures like noted author Amitav Ghosh.

“Sad to hear of Mrinal Sen's passing. His Bhuvan Shome & Akaler Sandhane were milestones of Indian cinema,” ‘The Hungry Tide’ author tweeted and added, “2 sad days for arts: 3 giants, Veena Sahasrabudhe Mrinal Sen & K.G. Subramanyan gone within hours of each other.”

Suhel Seth, founder and managing partner of consultancy Counselage India, and acclaimed actor Manoj Bajpayee also seemed to have tweeted about Sen’s demise, as a user named Shivam Misra (@shivam_mainpuri) pointed out.

Suhel later posted, “Just been told the news about MrinalDa is incorrect. Relieved. Lesson is don't tweet without waiting for the whole world to confirm news.”

Mrinal Sen is known for his films like ‘Bhuvan Shome’, ‘Akash Kusum’, ‘Akaler Sandhane’, ‘Mrigayaa’ and several others. Besides winning National Awards, he has also been awarded with international accolades. The French government had awarded him the Commandeur de l’ordre des Arts et letters (Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters) which is the highest honour conferred by France. He was bestowed the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2005. His films have won awards from major film festivals like Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Moscow, Karlovy Vary, Montreal, Chicago, and Cairo.

Along with his contemporaries Satyajit Ray and Ritwik Ghatak, he is often considered to be one of the greatest ambassadors of Indian parallel cinema on the global stage.