Saktipada Rajguru, writer of cult Bengali film Meghe Dhaka Tara (cloud-capped star), died on Thursday because of age-related illness.
He was 92. Meghe Dhaka Tara was directed by one of the prolific Bengali filmmakers, Ritwik Ghatak, and thus became perhaps the most significant work of Mr. Rajguru, who wrote more than 100 novels.
He was considered one of the most screen-friendly story writer, many of whose novels were turned into Bengali or Hindi films. He was one of the favourite writers of Bollywood director Shakti Samanta, who adapted many of his novels for the screen. Amitabh Bachchan acted in one of the films, Barsat ki ek raat.
Mr. rajguru was also one of the most travelled writers, who not only toured eastern India extensively, but stayed for considerable period in parts of central, west, and northern India.
The writer was a recipient of the Bibhutibhushan award given by the West Bengal government, after the Trinamool Congress (TMC) came to power in 2011.