Eminent Bengali film, TV director Jishu Dasgupta dead

Kolkata, Dec 21 (IANS) Noted Bengali film and TV show director Jishu Dasgupta died following cardiac arrest at a private hospital here Friday morning after a long battle with cancer, family sources said. He was 53.

Dasgupta, known for directing popular serials like "Sishirer Swapno", "Kuasha Jakhon" and "Tithir Atithi", had been fighting with cancer for the last nine months and was admitted to Peerless Hospital Nov 25 following complications.

"He had been fighting for the last nine months. Towards the end, he had given up. We had admitted him Nov 25 because of liver problems. He had recovered from that but later on his blood pressure had fallen and he was shifted to the critical care unit," a family member told TV channels.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee expressed her grief at Dasgupta's untimely death.

"I am deeply saddened at Jishu Dasgupta's untimely demise," said Banerjee.