Indian director who was best known for his films Howrah Bridge and Aradhana. He also founded Shakti Films.
He worked as a schoolteacher in Dapoli before entering the entertainment business.
He received Filmfare Awards for Best Film for Aradhana in 1969, Anuraag in 1973, and Amanush in 1975.
His son Ashim Samanta was also a director.
He directed iconic Indian actor Sujit Kumar in the award-winning film Aradhana.