Anup Kumar

Other names of Anup Kumar: Satyen Das

To Anup Kumar goes the unique distinction of having appeared in more than 300 Bengali movies over a span of more than 50 years, and yet having enacted the role of the central hero in very few of them. However, by dint of his tremendous acting skills, in whatever roles he appeared, he made a mark on the minds of the audience with his superb performance, and his fans never seemed to have had enough of him. His father, who himself was a singer-actor, out of his enthusiasm, introduced Anup as a child artist in the 1938 movie “Halbangla”. Reminiscing later on, Anup confessed that he did not remember anything about that first film of his but did register “ Sangram”, released in 1946, as his first coming of age film.

Critics of that period would, however, rate the 1947 film “ Chandrashekhar” as a more noteworthy film in his career. In this, which also happened to be actor Ashok Kumar’s first Bengali film, Anup Kumar excelled as the younger version of Ashok Kumar. He went on to fulfill that promise in his first lead role in “Dhatri Debata” released the very next year. Incidentally, Anup Kumar’s initial years were also enriched by his tutelage under Sisir Bhaduri, the doyen of Bengali theatre, and Anup later on became an active member of the Indian People’s Theatre Association (IPTA). He also evinced keen interest In Jatra (performed by the travelling theatre troupes in rural Bengal), moving with them whenever he found time.

For someone with over 300 films to his name till the time of his death in 1998, it is difficult to talk about his individual roles. On a more serious and generalized appraisal of his career, it can be summed up that although he was more popular for his more comic portrayals, his serious roles were of a very high class. Truly speaking Bengali cinema has still not found another Anup Kumar, who could, through the sheer depth of his performance, stand out even in the presence of the most important characters in the scene. His acting also contained a very natural flow to it, devoid of any theatrical stereotypes, although he had a background in theatre, and his wife also was from a similar theatre background.

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Anup Kumar is an actor who acted mostly in Bengali movies. Branded as a comedian in Bengali cinema, was an actor par excellence and even single-handedly took up the responsibility for the success of many movies. Since he started to learn comedy from his father, he started doing comedy acting with a little bit of intelligence.  

Besides, he was even a trained theatre artist. He even brought a new dimension to his body language and dialogue delivery. He was cast in comedy roles, he also accepted serious roles and went to entertain the viewers for almost five decades. He acted with all Bengali legendary filmmakers, actors, actress and mainly tried to gain the popularity with other veteran comedians like Robi Ghosh, Johor Roy and Bhanu Bandopadhya.  

He was also active in theatres and did take up directorial job for movies. He had excellence comic-timing and thereby excelled in comedy acting only. Since in Indian cinema, in every film there used to be specific comic scenes, the need for an actor like Anup Kumar was easily felt. Many actors followed his route later on. He was comedy actor of that period. He has acted in 500 films in a career spanning more than 50 years. He also immortalized the character of Feluda in detective story written by Satyajit Ray. Although he was stereotyped playing comedy characters, he took up playing serious roles and even semi-comic roles that brought out his performance in sharp contrast. Finding a parallel to Anup Kumar in Bengali cinema is difficult. Anup Kumar was born on the 17th of June, in the year 1930 in Kolkata. 

His notable performance in films such as   'Basanto Bilap', 'Mouchak', 'Dadar Kirti ‘ which remains unparalleled even in Indian cinema too. Just as a child actor, he started his career, but never acted in more than one film. He was considered to me the most under-rated actor. He left a permanent void in the industry after he left his family, friends and fans for his heavenly abode on September 3, 1998. 

Ankur Khanna Hindi Actor

Ankur Khanna

Ankur Khanna, now all of 28 years in 2015, has had a fair stint of 10 years in the film industry since the time he made his debut in the internationally acclaimed English film “Amu”. However, all his 12 odd films in English Hindi and Bengali have been more or less in the domain of art films, made for a niche audience, or for being shown in international festivals. Looking at the background of Ankur, this does not look too surprising, as this Punjabi lad who grew up in Kolkata, had got sucked into the typically Bengali milieu, with its tradition of theatre and culture. In fact, he was quite well known for his elocution and stage acting skills right from his St. James School days. He attributes his initial mentoring to the son of the legendary theatre personality Badal Sarkar, who happened to be one of Ankur’s teachers in school. Encouraged to take part in the British Council organised one act play contests in those days, Ankur was part of his school team which went on to win 12 of the contests, out of a total 17. This theatre streak continued when he shifted base to Delhi for his graduation and Masters, taking regular part in English as well as Bengali plays. The real breakthrough, however, into mainstream Hindi cinema, came for Ankur, when none other than Naseeruddin Shah handpicked him for “Yun Hota Toh Kya Hota” (YHTKH), obviously impressed by his theatre background and acting skills. From the theatre point of view his association with Naseer became very fruitful for Ankur, and he himself admits that his own acting has been moulded subsequently in a very large manner through the feedbacks he has been receiving from Naseer. Although his role was noticed in “YHTKH”, he does not seem too enamoured of commercial cinema, and is looking more keenly forward to a slightly off beat film titled “Postcards” where he features with Soha Ali Khan, and another unconventionally themed one, tentatively titled “Kabootar”, where he is one of the four anti-heroes. Besides this, fuelling his burning passion for theatre are the plays he has planned to do with ‘Motley’, Naseeruddin Shah’s theatre troupe.

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Anup Shukla

With the mention of Anup Shukla and others of his ilk, one is reminded of a rapidly growing segment in the world of Indian movies. While Anup Shukla is an actor in Hindi films on his own merits, what specialises him is his dubbing skill. With the simultaneous release of Hollywood movies in India, demand for high quality lip synched dubbing has become a high priority and lucrative segment in Indian cinema. In fact, dubbing had been more prevalent in the industry in the south due to the multilingual versions that are made frequently over there, and also the regular inflow of artistes from the North with their inadequate knowledge of the local languages. However, the real boom must have come with the advent of Hollywood movies in multiple Indian languages, making the voice-over and dubbing industry grow many fold in the country. This has now resulted in a host of artistes, especially from Uttar Pradesh, like Anup Shukla, getting more and more such assignments, with excellent command on Hindi, good diction, and the required voice modulation qualities. We must at the same time remember that most of them, like Anup Shukla are actors first and then dubbing artistes. Most of them have come into dubbing via the route of acting in movies or TV serials, and are now managing both the roles amicably. They are now being given proper prominence in the credits too, and their skills are coming more and more into prominence. That Amit Sharma is equally comfortable in both English and Hindi and is very adept in translations, gives him an additional edge. Between the years 2005 to 2009, Anup has acted in supporting roles in three Hindi movies, “Fareb”, “Eik Dasttak” and “Fox”, as well as an animated Hindi film “Veer Yodha Prithviraj Chauhan” In fact, his list of dubbing roles for Hollywood films is a little longer, and comprises of a total of 5 live movies and 3 animated ones. The list includes such famous names like “Spider Man”; “Transformers” as well as the “Madagascar” series in the animated versions.

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