Samir Chanda

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Born 1957
Died August 18, 2011 (age 53)
Mumbai, Maharashtra
Other names Sameer Chanda
Occupation art director, production designer
Years active 1983–2011

Samir Chanda (1957 – August 18, 2011) was an Indian art director and production designer across Indian cinema, including Hindi, Bengali, Malayalam and Tamil, most known for his work in films like Yodha (1992), Dil Se.. (1998), Guru (2007), Omkara (2006), Rang De Basanti (2006), and Raavan (2010).[1][2]

He also directed a Bengali film, Ek Nadir Galpo (Tale of A River) (2008) starring Mithun Chakraborty. It was Indian entries for the Asian, African and Latin American Competition segment of the 38th International Film Festival of India (IFFI), in Goa[3] He was awarded the National Film Award for Best Art Direction four times, including Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose: The Forgotten Hero (2005) directed by Shyam Benegal.

Career[edit]

A trained painter from Government College of Art & Craft, Kolkata, he moved to Mumbai and started his career as an assistant to noted art director Nitish Roy working in films like, Mandi (1983) by Shyam Benegal, Mrinal Sen. Subsequently started handling films independently as art director and production designer, with Subhash Ghai's Ram Lakhan (1989). Over the years he worked with directors like Shyam Benegal, Sangeeth Sivan, Vishal Bhardwaj, Rakesh Omprakash Mehra, Gautam Ghosh and Mani Ratnam.[1][4]

For film Delhi-6 directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Chanda recreated inner lanes of Old Delhi at Sambhar town in Rajasthan, as it has similar architecture. Later, for some scenes, historic Jama Masjid was digitally added to the frame as a backdrop.[5]

Wasiq Khan, who later did Gangs of Wasseypur (2012) and Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela (2013), started his career as an assistant art director with Chanda in films, Mani Ratnam's Iruvar (1997) and Shyam Benegal's Hari-Bhari (2000), before starting out on his own. [6]

He died in Mumbai on August 18, 2011, at the age of 53. Reportedly, he suffered a drug reaction to a painkiller he had taken for a toothache earlier that day, and suffered a heart attack. He was rushed a hospital in Malad, Mumbai, where he died within an hour.[1][7]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Note
1989 Ram Lakhan
1992 Yodha (Malayalam)
1993 Rudaali
1993 Gandharvam (Malayalam)
1995 Nirnayam (Malayalam)
1996 Is Raat Ki Subah Nahin
1998 Dil Se..
Daya (Malayalam) Kerala State Film Award for Best Art Director
2001 Aalavandhan (Tamil)
Zubeidaa
Aks
2005 Kisna: The Warrior Poet
2006 Krrish
Omkara Filmfare Award for Best Art Direction
Rang De Basanti
Kantatar (Bengali)
Faltu (Bengali)
Galli Galli Sim Sim (TV series) Hindi adaptation of Sesame Street
2007 Guru Filmfare Award for Best Art Direction
Blood Brothers (short film)
2008 Ghajini
Welcome to Sajjanpur
2009 Kaalbela Director: Goutam Ghosh
Kaminey
Delhi-6
Well Done Abba! Director: Shyam Benegal
2010 Raavan
2011 7 Khoon Maaf

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Art director Samir Chanda passes away". NDTV. August 19, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Remembering Samir Chanda...". The Times of India. Aug 21, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Indian entries for IFFI". The Hindu. Oct 17, 2007. 
  4. ^ "Upperstall Profile: Samir Chanda". Upperstall.com. 
  5. ^ Deepanjana Pal (September 2013). "Places Other Than This". The Big Indian Picture. Retrieved 2013-12-06. 
  6. ^ "Wasiq Khan: How to blend in and stand out". Livemint. Retrieved 2013-11-30. 
  7. ^ Subhash K Jha (Aug 19, 2011). "Art director Samir Chanda dies at 54S". The Times of India. 

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