Anil Ganguly, born on 26th January 1933, was a renowned film director, who entertained the Indian audience for almost two decades. He passed away at the age of 82, on 15th January 2016. He was primarily famous for the 1974 film “
Kora Kagaz”, which starred
Jaya Bachchan. Along with “Kora Kagaz”, his next movie “Tapasya” (1975) won the National Award for the Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment. “Tapasya” also marked the comeback of actress Raakhee Gulzar after marriage, making the movie even more popular among the viewers. He started working in the 60s as an assistant director in some films, like “Half Ticket” and “Bheegi Raat”.
He then began working on the Hindi remakes of some Bangla classics. In fact, his debut film “Kora Kagaz”, was a Hindi remake of “Saat Paake Bandha”. The theme of the movie was about the family drama caused by the interference of the wife’s mother. The kind of praise it got, made him stick to this genre of such movies for a while. His next two movies “HumkaDum” and “
Aanchal”, also starred the award-winning actress Raakhee, but it was more or less unsatisfactory. His movies also gave the industry many famous songs. From Kishore Kumar’s “Mera Jeevan Kora Kagaz” to Bappi-S Janaki’s “Yaar Bina Chain Kahan Re” are still capable of igniting the old memories.
The 1985 “Saheb” was his last notable film. After this, his futile efforts of changing his genre, to action, with movies like “Sadak Chap” and “Dushman Devta” did not receive much applause. His last Hindi film, released in the year 1996, was “Angaara”. It marked the debut of his daughter
Rupali Ganguly alongside
Mithun Chakraborty. However it was neither a kind of movie for Ganguly to bid farewell to the Hindi Cinema nor was it good enough for Rupali to get a successful breakthrough. His last direction was the Bengali film “Kiye Para Kiye Najara” in 1998.
Anil always made sure that he was not exploiting any artist in the industry, by not giving the role they deserved or wshed for. In an interview, he once mentioned the case of his film Trishna. He did not want to waste the talent of Asrani and
Aruna Irani by offering them two scenes. Hence he found a replacement in
Dinesh Hingoo and
Preeti Ganguly. Having worked successfully with some of the legends of Indian Cinema, Anil Ganguly didn’t quite get the fame he could have got. Sadly, he is now remembered more as a father of a television actor than as an artist of such immense talent.