Basu Chatterjee was born in Ajmer , Rajasthan. He is known for his writing and directing abilities. His films focus on important social equations emerging out of mundane, routine life. His films bear a resemblance in theme and treatment to those of Hrishikesh Mukherjee. Basu has directed film in both Hindi and Bengali languages. While his films are devoid of the usual 'masala' and 'formulaic plots' which represent the mainstream commercial Bollywood fare, Basu Chatterjee's films are hugely appreciated by the 'masses'. His films reminds one of the adage 'Simple is beautiful'.