‘Chetna’ director BR Ishara passes away

The veteran filmmaker revolutionised Bollywood by dealing with subjects untouched by mainstream cinema

Filmmaker BR Ishara breathed his last in a Mumbai hospital this morning (July 25). He had been undergoing treatment for tuberculosis for a few weeks, but succumbed in the early hours of today.

BR Ishara was known for bringing a new wave into Bollywood cinema. He not only started the practice of shooting in bungalows –which continues till date – but also tackled ‘bold’ subjects. One of his early films was Chetna, in which he dealt with the issue of the rehabilitation of prostitutes. It was a brave step to take in 1970. Four years later, he made Prem Shastra, which tackled incest, with Dev Anand and Zeenat Aman. Aurat Ka Intekam was about the mental trauma of a woman who is raped. He discovered Parveen Babi and cast popular actors of the time in unconventional roles – Danny Denzongpa, Reena Roy, Rajesh Khanna and Shatrughan Sinha being a few. May his soul rest in peace.