Six-time National Film Award winning filmmaker remembered for acclaimed Indian films like Kokila. He won awards for directing, cinematography, and screenwriting during his illustrious career.
He was inspired to become a filmmaker after witnessing the filming of the classic World War II film The Bridge on the River Kwai.
His 1980 film Moodu Pani was a loose remake of the classic Hitchcock thriller Psycho.
He was married to the actress Shoba, who died in 1980.
He and fellow Indian director Goutam Ghose have both won National Film Awards for Best Cinematography.