Tuesday, April 21, 2015


Uttam Kumar was an actor of par excellence who portrayed numerous main roles brilliantly in Bengali films and earned the title as 'Maha Nayak'(Great Hero).He predominantly appeared in Bengali films but also acted in a few Hindi films.He was amazingly good  suited for both commercial and parallel films.He always tried to make his roles as perfect as possible.He was very much dedicated to his acting profession, and  was very hardworking who worked without caring about his own health.He was the top actor of Bengali language those days and dominated  for three decades in that position.He earned prestige and fame as an actor,director,singer,composer and producer.

Uttam Kumar was born on 3rd September 1926 in Calcutta as Arun Kumar Chatterjee.He joined as a Clerk at the Calcutta Port Trust after his studies and in those period he used to act in amateur plays.His first role was as the hero of the film 'Mayador' which never released.
His first film was 'Drishtidan' in 1948, in Bengali which was directed by Nitin Bose.
In 1951 'Nashtaneer' was a film directed by Pashupati Chatterjee in which Sunanda Banerji was the female lead.
In the film 'Sharey Chuattar' of 1952 Suchitra Sen acted opposite to him.
'Agni Pareeksha' was a super hit film of 1954 in which Suchita Sen was the heroine and later this pair appeared in so many films as they were  liked by the audience and producers considered them as a successful pair.
Some of their well noted films are 'Agni Pareeksha' Shapmochan,Sagarika,Shilpi,Harano Sur,Indrani' etc.
Uttam Kumar was successful also with heroines like 'Aparna Sen,Supriya Choudhary,Sabitri Chatterjee,Sharmila Tagore,Mala Sinha' etc.
In the film 'Maya Mriga' in 59, Sandhya Roy and Biswajit acted along with him.
In the film 'Saptapadi' Suchitra Sen was the heroine and Chhabi Biswas,Tarun Kumar,Pahari Sanyal etc acted.
In the film 'Jhinder Bandi' directed by Tapan Sinha, Sandhya Roy,Saumitra Chattopadhyay,Tarun Kumar etc acted along with him.
In the film 'Uttar Falguni' directed by Asit Sen, Suchitra Sen was the heroine.
In 1966 he acted in the main role of the film 'Nayak' by Satyajit Ray in which Sharmila Tagore was the female lead.
In the same year he acted in another film 'Chiriya Khana'(The Zoo) which was also directed by Satyajit Ray.

'Antony Firingee' was a super hit film in which Tanuja was the heroine in the year 1967.Uttam Kumar received National award as Best actor for

Chiriyakhana and Antony Firingee.

Supriya Devi and Chhaya Devi acted along with Uttam Kumar in the film 'Sabarmati'(69).
In 1974 Shakti Samanta directed a Hindi film 'Amanush' in which Uttam Kumar was the hero and Sharmila Tagore was heroine.
Shakti Samanta directed another Hindi film with Uttam Kumar in lead role 'Anand Ashram' which was a critical and commercial successful Hindi romantic film that contained beautiful songs.Sharmila Tagore was the heroine and Ashok Kumar,Moushumi Chatterjee,Utpal Dutt,Rakesh Roshan etc acted along with him.
'Kitab' was a nice Hindi film directed by Gulzar in the year 1977 in which Vidya Sinha,Shriram Lagoo and Master Raju acted.
Uttam Kumar directed and acted in lead role of the film 'Kalankini Kankabati' in which Mithun Chakraborty,Supriya Devi etc also acted.Sharmila Tagore was the heroine.
In the Hindi film 'Desh Premee' directed by Man Mohan Desai, he also acted along with Amitabh Bachchan,Hema Malini,Sharmila Tagor,Parveen Babi,Shammi Kapoor etc.
When Uttam Kumar expired at the age of 53 it was a shock to the film industry and the news media.Satyajit Ray said that it was the light of Bengali Cinema that demised.Many other co stars,directors and producers praised his acting skill,determination workaholic nature,devotion for perfection etc.
He received Certificate of Merit in 1961 for the film Saptapadi,
National film award for the Best Feature film in Bengali 'Uttar Falguni'(As producer).
He received National Award as Best actor for the films 'Chiriyaghana' and 'Antony Firingee' in 1968.
He received seven Best Actor Awards from Bengal Film Journalists' Association for the movies 'Hrod,Saptapadi,Nayak,Grihadaha,Ekhana Pinjar,Amanush,Bahnisikha'.He got awards from Government of Best Bengal and several other organisations also.
Uttam Kumar had a heart attack while acting for the film 'Ogo Bodhu Shundori' in 1980 and he died on July 24, 1980 at Tollygung,Kolkata.
Selected Filmography
Sharey Chuattor
Sabar Uparey
Tasher Ghar
Maya Mriga
Jhindor bandi
Uttar Falguni
Lal Pather
Surya Tapa
Raj Kanya
Chiriya Khana
Antony Firingee
Nishi Padma
Bonpalashir Padabali
Rakta Tilak
Anand Ashram
Kalankini Kankabati
Desh Premee
Mera Karam Mera Dharam   

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