Bollywood editor Sanjib Kumar Datta dies at 54

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By Madhurima Dey

Well, known editor Sanjib Datta who worked in popular Hindi movies like “Mardani”, “Dor”, “Iqbal” and “Ek Hasini Thi” passed away on this Sunday. He was 54.

Sanjib Datta, a die-heart Bengali was settled in his hometown Kolkata for the last few years of his life. Datta was also an alumnus of the well-recognized FTII of Pune. He was a constant associate and long-time collaborator of the famous filmmaker Nagesh Kukunoor, the pair were seen working together in almost every of hKukunoor’s films.

It was in fact Nagesh, who confirmed the news of his demise from Canada.

“I’ve been told he went in for a bypass surgery a few days ago but never came back. I am gathering more information. His death is devastating. He was the last of Renu Saluja School. She trained so many people but no one carried her legacy the way he did.

“In fact, Renu was editing ‘Bollywood Calling’ when she passed away. So he finished the editing but never took credit,” Nagesh told PTI.

Datta is credited for successfully editing some more than 80 films, for both Hindi and Bengali Film Industry. Besides Kukunoor, he also worked with other critically acclaimed film directors like Kundan Shah, Sriram Raghvan, Pradeep Sarkar among many.

Well-known screenwriter-editor Apurva Asrani, who also worked with Datta in his two big films-“8×10 Tasveer” and “Aashayein”, penned a sad note on Twitter and called him “a mature craftsman and a thorough gentleman.”

“Shocked to hear about the passing of Sanjib Datta. He was a fine editor whose work was synonymous with the best films of Nagesh Kukunoor. Sanjib and I shared editing credits on Aashayein & Tasveer 8×10, and I will always remember him as a mature craftsman & a thorough gentleman,” Asrani wrote on twitter.

Director Sujoy Ghosh also tweeted following his death, “One of our finest editor Sanjib Datta. bhalo thakis kaka… we will miss you.”