Tarun Bose was born on 14 September, 1928. He was a Bollywood actor in the 1960s and early 1970s. He was born in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. He became famous for playing middle-class professional figures in movies, mainly doctors and sometimes lawyers or judges.
Bose grew up in Nagpur. He studied at a school called St. Francis High School. At a young age, he performed in local plays. He auditioned for the All India Radio, Nagpur, at the age of 15. He started working in radio plays. He worked quite hard for this was his dream. Back then, he was working as a clerk alongside this. When All India Radio was broadcasting ‘Narmada’, he was the cameo in it. Narmada was a 100-minute play. It is said that he took a 15-day leave from his clerk job to rehearse for the play. The clerical job was only for money. He took working for radio, seriously, and was a hard worker. After completing education, he worked for the telegraph department.
Tarun started his Bollywood career with the film,
Apradhi Kaun, in 1957, directed by
Asit Sen, and starring
Abhi Bhattacharya and
Mala Sinha. Tarun shared a warm relation with Abhi. They acted together in a number of films including Dharti Kahe Pukar Ke and Aan Milo Sajna. He worked with Nutan and
Sunil Dutt in ‘
Sujata’, directed by
Bimal Roy. It got released in 1959 and his acting was quite appreciated.
He continued to work in a number of movies. His best experience was working with
Ashok Kumar. They worked together in Oonche log, ‘
Bandini’, and more. Bose was Ashok's fan and appreciated his contribution towards the scenes. Bandini is a movie about a prisoner, Kalyani, serving lifetime imprisonment for murder. He gave many hits including ‘Sujata’, ‘Anupama’, and ‘Gumnaam’. They marked his career. However, he did many films which got lost with the passage of time, but his intense performances were not forgotten.
He worked in Aan Milo Sajna, starring Rajesh Khanna and Asha Parekh. The movie was a silver jubilee hit, where Rajesh plays Tarun's daughter's lover. His dialogue, 'Something Something', in the film, became quite famous. Whenever the crowd saw him, they would refer to him as 'Something Something'.
Tarun worked with the newcomer Big B (
Amitabh Bachchan), who was not so big a star back then, in Ek Nazar. Tarun played the role of Amitabh's father. He worked in many hit movies of the 60s and 70s.
Tarun's daughter, Shilpi Bose, says that he was not just a good listener, but also explained things quite well. She feels he would have been a good teacher. He worked with many famous actors including Dharmendra, Sunil Dutt, and
Manoj Kumar, among others. He did around 41 movies between 1957 and 1972.
Tarun passed away on 8 March, 1972. In his brief time in this world, he directed plays, acted on radio, on the stage, as well as in movies and television. He built a goodwill in the Indian industry. On his death, numerous stars from the industry came to depart him. Those who could not make it to his funeral came over later on. His death was painless. Balraj Sahani sent a heart touching note to his wife to grieve for their loss. Boss continues to live in the hearts of his fans.