Uttam Kumar

Other names of Uttam Kumar: Arun Kumar Chatterjee
Birthday: 03-09-1926
Date of death: 24-07-1980
Star sign: Libra

Uttam Kumar was matinee idol of Bengali cinema. He was a super star and super actor that Bengali cinema has ever produced. The actor has not been 35 years present in the screen, but he remains the evergreen romantic protagonist whose charm cannot wither still with time. There is still a craze for Uttam Kumar’s films in Kolkata just because his films have attained mythical status and his memories still continue to haunt the viewers.

He was an iconic figure of Indian cinema. He was an actor who could go deep into the character, and there will never be another Uttam Kumar in Indian cinema. He was one of the eminent actors that Indian cinema has ever produced. Many of us knows that he was a flop star when he made a debut in cinema. He was struggling actor. He even worked as a clerk in Calcutta Port Trust and even engaged himself in theater activities. It was this time that he got married to Gauri Ganguli (1948).

Later he got a contract at M.P. Studios for three years and established himself as a star. His first mega hit film was with Sabitri Chatterjee. ‘Basu Paribar’ was a big hit. In 1953, he delivered another hit Sharey Chuattor". After that, everything was a part of history. Soon his pairing with Suchitra Sen clicked so well in some films that Uttam-Suchitra pair achieved a cult status in Bengali commercial cinema. He paired with all leading heroines of his time with resounding success. These films are Deya Neya in which he paired with Tanuja.

Then came Ekhane Pinjar with Aparna Sen, Bhrantibilash with Sabitri Chatterjee. Amanush opposite Sharmila Tagore, Stree with Arati Bhattacharya, Jeeban-Mrityu with Supriya Choudhury, after which he performed in Prithibi Amarey Chaye with Mala Sinha as the lady lead. Then followed Chhadmabeshi in which Madhavi Mukherje was his pair and Harano Sur (Suchitra Sen). Thus, Uttam Kumar dominated Bengali cinema for three decades until his death, and he became the one-man industry. Even Satyajit Ray directed him in his two films (Nayak and Chiriyakhana). He acted in a Tapan Sinha’s film ‘Jhinder Bondi’.

The actor tried to foray into Hindi cinema but was not a successful star in Mumbai film world. He acted in 15 Hindi films. He received national awards for best acting for two films(Antony Firingee and Chiriyakhana). In his career, he was linked with Supriya Devi, who was his co-star in many successful films. Uttam Kumar was a very over-rated actor. He even faced a stiff competition with another popular Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee, and both of then acted in a film named ‘Jhinder Bondi’ together.

The actor had a severe heart attack when he was shooting for a film ‘Ogo Bodhu Shundori’ and that was his last shot in Studio. He was taken to the hospital and passed away on July 24, 1980. In memory of his contribution to Indian cinema, West Bengal Government had renamed a metro railway station after his name. In his career, he produced, directed and even composed music for films. Many Hindi actors like Raj Kapoor, Rajesh Khanna, Amitabh Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor considered him as an asset of the Indian cinema and gave a title ‘Mahanayak’’. Besides being a celebrity, he had done a lot of charitable work for poor and never wanted to be carried away in the waves of admiration.

Anukalp Goswami

Anukalp Goswami is a script writer. He belongs to Jaipur. He is a screenplay, script and dialogue writer. His biggest venture was writing the script for the comedy film titled Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon(2015). Before this, Goswami was the script writer for successful TV shows such as Kahani Ghar Ghar Ki, Comedy Nights with Kapil. He has been in the show business for about 12 years now. Anukalp Goswami completed his schooling from Mahaveer Digambar School and graduated from Rajasthan University. It was during his college days that he took to script writing and became a part of the theatre circle. He claims to have written a lot of plays on social issues while being associated with various NGOs. He was called in for an interview for the post of the assistant director to Vidhu Vinod Chopra for the film Mission Kashmir. But it didn’t work out. He then began to work for a company that made documentaries. His first break came in 2001 when he was assigned the job of scriptwriter for a music show Superhit Muqabala, on Doordarshan. (No. Of words: 181) It was while he was working on Comedy Nights with Kapil (CNWK) that he came into contact with director duo Abbas-Mustan. He invited them over to watch an episode of CNWK, which he has scripted. When the directors met Kapil, the comedian, they clicked immediately and signed the deal for his Bollywood debut. Goswami was to write the script for this movie. It was a story he had already written, keeping in mind actor Akshay Kumar but he says that Kapil fit the role much better. With his fresh acting experience and perfect comedy timing, Goswami says that Kapil added a new life to the story, which is about a man who has three wives, living in the same building, who are unaware of the existence of the other wives. Kapil’s on-screen parents are also unaware of his multiple marriages and believe him to be the ideal son. The movie is then about the drama of discovery and prevention of discovery of the multiple marriage-scam. Goswami has also worked on shows such as Guinness World Records – Ab India Todega, Johny Aala Re, and Jeeto Chappad Phadke. It is his dream to act with superstars Amitabh Bachchan and Amir Khan. He is currently writing the script for the film Hera Pheri 3.

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