Dadasaheb Phalke award-winning film director Mrinal Sen passed away on Sunday after a prolonged battle with age-related ailments, family sources said. He was 95.
He, along with his contemporaries Satyajit Ray and Ritwik Ghatak, was considered a doyen of regional parallel cinema internationally.
Mrinal Sen was born on May 14, 1923, in Faridpur, now in Bangladesh. He moved to Kolkata to study physics, but was drawn to film-making after reading a book on film aesthetics.
The Padma Bhushan awardee, best known for films such 'Neel Akasher Neechey', 'Bhuvan Shome', 'Ek Din Achanak', 'Padatik' and 'Mrigayaa', was one of the most acclaimed filmmakers of the country.Tributes for the icon have started pouring in on social media. President Ram Nath Kovind called his death a loss to world cinema.