Samir Chanda was a popular Indian director and production designer, who was born in 1957. He worked in the Indian cinema industry, including Malayalam, Hindi, Tamil, and Bengali. He was well-known for his work in movies like Yoddha (1992),
Dil Se (1998), Omkara (2006),
Rang De Basanti (2006), Guru (2007), and Raavan (2010).
Samir also directed a Bengali movie, Ek Nadir Galop (2008) featuring popular actor
Mithun Chakraborty. It went ahead as the Indian entry for the African, Latin American and Asian Competition segment of the International Film Festival of India’s 38th edition, in Goa. Samir was given the National Film Award for Best Direction (Art) four times, which include
Shyam Benegal directed Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose: The Forgotten Hero (2005).
Samir was a trained painter coming from Government College of Craft & Art, Kolkata. Later, he shifted to Mumbai and began his career as an assistant to well-known art director
Nitish Roy working in movies like Mandi (1983) by Mrinal Sen, Shyam Benegal. After that, Samir started handling films on his own as an art director and production designer, with
Subhash Ghai, directed film
Ram Lakhan (1989).
In the upcoming years, he worked with popular directors like
Vishal Bhardwaj, Shyam Benegal,
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, and
Mani Ratnam. For Rakesh Omprakash Mehra’s Delhi-6, Samir recreated the famous lanes of Old Delhi at Sambhar town in Rajasthan, since it has similar architecture.
Later, for some part, historic monument Jama Masjid was added digitally to the frame as a background.
Wasiq Khan, who is well-known for his work in popular films like Gangs of Wasseypur and Ram-Leela, began his career as an assistant art director under Samir Chanda in movies, Iruvar (1997) directed by Mani Ratnam, and Shyam Benegal's Hari-Bhari (2000).
Samir took his last breath in Mumbai on August 18th, 2011, at the age of 53. It was reported that he suffered a drug reaction from a painkiller which he had taken for a toothache earlier that day, which caused him a heart attack. He was rushed to a hospital in Malad, where unfortunately he died within an hour.