Among the great Indian directors of his period. He was known for movies like Kabuliwala, Louha-Kapat, Sagina Mahato, and Safed Haathi. He started his film profession like a sound engineer with New Theatres film creation house. He received the President’s Platinum Medal for the All India Greatest Feature Film in 1956 for his film Kabuliwala. His child was scientist Anindya Sinha. He and Ritwik Ghatak had been regarded as two of the best Indian directors from the 1950s and 1960s.