Biswajit Chatterjee started his film career in the late 1950s in the Bengali film industry and rose to become one of the leading actors of his time. However, he appeared only with his first name Biswajit when he was launched in 1962 into Bollywood, through the immensely popular “Bees Saal Baad”, the maiden production venture of music director
. This first Hindi film of his transformed him into an immediately recognisable Bollywood hero, but he had to depend for some more time on his mentor Hemant Kumar, before he could get firmly established in the Hindi film industry.
He appeared in two more films produced by Hemant Kumar – “Kohra” teamed once again against
, and “
Bin Badal Barsat
. Thereafter, on picking up the nuances of Bollywood as distinct from Bengali films, and meanwhile also brushing up on his Hindi and Urdu accent, he went on to take one of the top slots among Bollywood heroes between the early sixties till the mid eighties, the most notable period being the sixties and seventies in which he featured in a number of hits against all the leading ladies of his time, with most of his films of that period being characterised by hit musical scores too. Remembered as one of the more handsome heroes of his times, the films that he would be remembered most, besides his debut film, were musical hits like “Mere Sanam” opposite Asha Parekh, “
” pairing with Rajshree and teaming up with fellow Bengali Sharmila Tagore in “Yeh Raat Phir Naa Aaygi” .
These were followed over the next 7 years with “April Fool” with Saira Bano in early sixties, and “ Kismat; in which sported a guitar swinging image; and in a more subdued image in“Do Kaliyan”; ” Ishq Par Zor Nahin” was his only starrer with leading lady Sadhana,; and “Sharaarat” in which he starred with Mumtaz. In between he went back to Kolkata to catch up with his career in the Bengali film industry, adding to the list of his hit films of the early 60s, like “Mayamrigo” and “Dui Bhai” in both of which he starred with
; and “Sesh Paryanta” and the nationally acclaimed “Dada Thakur” in both of which he acted with the renowned
. Hs later day notable performances came from films like “Chowringhee” and “Garh Nasimpur” again teaming with Uttam Kumar, as well as subsequent hits like the
" and “Amar Geeti” both opposite
, in the early eighties. Looking back, Biswajit can draw satisfaction from the fact that he has been at the top for a sustained period both in Bengali and Hindi movies, while his son Prasenjit, although estranged for a long time, is the top most hero in Bengal.