When Anjan Dutt almost died while shooting ‘Yugant’!

His tryst with realistic cinema often left him bruised. Anjan Dutt, who suffered from blood dysentery while doing Nabyendu Chatterjee’s ‘Silpi’, met with a horrific accident while working in Aparna Sen’s Yugant.

“In Yugant, I smashed a car. It was a massive accident and later, Rs 20,000 had to be spent on repairing it. I was getting paid Rs 25,000 at that time; I don’t know why Aparna Sen didn’t deduct it from my remuneration. Though Rs 25,000 was a lot of money in the ’90s, it was still not enough for a year,” recalled Dutt during an exclusive chat with ETimes as he was sharing with us some unforgettable incidents from his illustrious career.

A National Award winner for his critically acclaimed film ‘Ranjana Ami Ar Ashbona’ (2011), Anjan debuted as an actor in Mrinal Sen’s film ‘Chalachitra’ (1981), for which he received the best newcomer award at Venice Film Festival.

Since his debut, the acclaimed actor-turned filmmaker has appeared in 43 films, while directing 24 of those, including the popular detective series Byomkesh Bakshi. Born on January 19, 1953, Anjan has also been credited for creating a new genre of music for the people of middle-class life and their everlasting crisis.

Meanwhile, his latest directorial ‘Shaheber Cutlet’ starring Arjun Chakraborty in the lead has received critical acclaim.