Want to share with your friends too?

India
05 Mar 2019

Filmmaker Arghya Basu, named in #MeToo movement, commits suicide

Kolkata: Filmmaker, named in #MeToo, commits suicide

Arghya Basu, a documentary filmmaker, and editor, allegedly committed suicide at his flat in Santoshpur, Kolkata, police said on Monday.

The police rescued him and were taking him to the hospital when he succumbed to injuries. The post-mortem report suggested hanging as the cause of his death.

Basu's family said he was suffering from depression after he was accused of sexual harassment.

Here's more.

In context

Kolkata: Filmmaker, named in #MeToo, commits suicide
Septuagenarian mother sought help after being unable to contact Basu

Details

Septuagenarian mother sought help after being unable to contact Basu

Basu lived with his mother at their home in Ekdalia and often visited his flat in Santoshpur.

After his mother was unable to reach him over the phone, she informed Basu's close friend, Ankur Das, and others for help.

Das also couldn't establish contact with Basu and subsequently informed the police.

Police swung to action but failed to save Basu's life.

Who was Arghya Basu?

Basu was a documentary filmmaker from Kolkata, who also worked as an editor, cinematographer and an actor. He completed his graduation from St Xavier's College, Kolkata, where he served as HoD of Mass Communication and Videography. He was also a faculty at FTII, Pune.

Love India news?

Stay updated with the latest happenings.

Notify Me

Report

No suicide note was found from the scene

The cops reached his Santoshpur flat and had to break in after they got no response.

They rushed him to MR Bangur Hospital, where he was declared brought dead. The police suspected suicide after they got the post-mortem report.

However, the police did not find any suicide note from his flat. They have sealed the place for further investigation.

Family and friends say he was in depression

Controversy

Family and friends say he was in depression

The former FTII faculty was accused of sexual harassment back in 2017. According to family and friends, he went into depression after the accusation.

Das said that Basu was going through counseling for a month now and was working on a few projects with him as a freelancer.

Basu was also planning to launch his own venture with Das.

#MeToo crusader shares her thoughts on Basu's demise

Ask NewsBytes
User Image

Most asked questions

What was he accused of?

Who is Arghya Basu?

How did Arghya Basu die?

Was Arghya Basu accused of sexual harassment?

Was Arghya Basu in depression?

More questions

What was he accused of?

Asked on 06-03-2019 by Melcom D Souza

Answered by NewsBytes

Arghya's fellow filmmaker and friend accused him of harassing her at a mutual friend's party. Lawyer Raya Sarkar shared his name in the list of sexual harassers in academia on her Facebook page, which is not available anymore. The girl, Nishtha Jain, also shared her story via a Facebook post.

Who is Arghya Basu?

Asked on 05-03-2019 by Surabhi Pawar

Answered by NewsBytes

Arghya Basu was a documentary filmmaker from Kolkata. He also worked as an editor, cinematographer and an actor. He completed his graduation from St Xavier's College, Kolkata, where he also served as HoD of Mass Communication and Videography. He had also served as a faculty in FTII, Pune, and various other institutes.

How did Arghya Basu die?

Asked on 05-03-2019 by Ananya Rodrigues

Answered by NewsBytes

Arghya Basu, a documentary filmmaker and editor, allegedly hung himself in his flat in Santoshpur, Kolkata. The police rescued him and were taking him to the hospital when he succumbed to his injuries. The post-mortem report suggests hanging as the cause of his injuries.

Was Arghya Basu accused of sexual harassment?

Asked on 05-03-2019 by Pari Lobo

Answered by NewsBytes

The former FTII faculty was accused of sexual harassment back in 2017 by a law student. He was accused via a Facebook post which is no longer available. According to his family, he went into depression because of the accusation.

Was Arghya Basu in depression?

Asked on 05-03-2019 by Divya Dutta

Answered by NewsBytes

According to family and friends, he went into depression after the alleged accusation. Das said that he was going through counselling since almost a month and was working on a few projects with him as a freelancer.

Next Timeline