Samir Chanda dies, aged 54

Celebrated Indian art director Samir Chanda has died as a result of a heart related illness.

Known for his work in films such as Guru, Omkara and Rang De Basanti, Chanda won the National Film Award for 'Best Art Direction' three times in his 32-year career.

Speaking of his passing, director Sangeeth Sivan told NDTV: "It is with deep regret that I convey the tragic news of the demise of my dear friend and reputed art director Samir Chanda a few hours back of a heart failure."

A favourite of film director Mani Ratnam, Chanda provided the art direction for films such as Dil Se, Aks, Raavan, Krrish and Ram Lakhan.

A trained painter from Calcutta Art College, Chanda drew on his training and understanding of Indian art and architecture to create sets from the 10th century to the present day.

film director Buddhadeb Dasgupta said: "We have worked together many times. He was a very good person and had a creative head. It will be difficult for the industry to get a man like him."

Filmmaker Goutam Ghose, who was to work with Chanda in his forthcoming film, expressed his sadness at the news.

"I am in deep pain after hearing this. He was a very down to earth despite being in the glamour world," he said.

Several Bollywood stars have paid their personal tributes to Chanda on Twitter.

Anupam Kher said: "Sad and shocked to knw about d sudden demise of Samir Chanda. One of d most brilliant art directors in d country. And a great person. RIP. (sic)"

Priyanka Chopra commented: "RIP Samir Chanda.Had the good fortune of knowing the incredible man he was in Kaminey and Saat khoon maaf. Thank u for always believing in me"

Singer Shreya Ghoshal wrote: "R.I.P. Samir Chanda. The extraordinary art director of so many stunning films. His contribution to indian films was immense."

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