40th death anniv of Mahanayak `Uttam Kumar` today ...

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40th death anniv of Mahanayak `Uttam Kumar` today 

 Entertainment Desk daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 10:22 AM, 24 July 2020   Updated: 11:27 PM, 24 July 2020

Photo: Collected

Photo: Collected

The name of 'Uttam Kumar' is related to the Bengali film fans. His real name is Arun Kumar Chatterjee. On this day in 1980, he left the world by weeping his fans, audience, well-wishers, and his family. Today is July 24, the 40th death anniversary of the Mahanayak of the Bengali film.

Uttam Kumar was born on September 3, 1926, in Kolkata. This protagonist passed away at the age of 54 on 24th July in 1980. On this day, he suddenly suffered a stroke on the shooting set of ‘Ogo Bodhu Sundari’, and then left his last breath. After then, Bengali films became stagnant. No one could take his place even in the new generation.

Being a legend of Bengali film was not very easy. He was known as the ‘Flop Master General’. When he entered the studio, people laughed at him and comment ‘Here comes the new Durgadas’ or ‘Meet the new Chabbi Biswas’. At one time, he considered leaving the film industry and join as a ‘general clerk’ at Kolkata Port.

But later his wife, ‘Gouri Chatterjee’ told him that it would be better if he did not do a job his heart was not in.

Mahanayak started his career with the film ‘Maydor’ and started the career. But in the face of various complications, the film was not released. But the person who is the mixed acting craze that mixed with blood, he never wants to defeat or surrender.   

He then got the contact at M.P Studios for three years. He starred in the film ‘Dristidan’. This film, directed by Nitin Basu, is the first time that Uttam Kumar stated to come in limelight to the audience. But his other film was ‘Basu Paribar’ in which he came into prominence.

India’s one of the best director Satyajit Ray’s ‘Nayok’ and ‘Chiriyakhana’ starring his acting career becomes more prosperous. He won the Indian National Award for his performance in ‘Chiriyakhana’. The film ‘Nayok’ was also widely appreciated.

Later, Uttam Kumar did not look behind through his career and gradually become the best actor in Bengali film. Even today, his popularity and his film did not even decrease.   

His breakthrough film was ‘Agni Pariksha’ in 1954 that began the success of the all-time romantic pair of ‘Uttam Kumar-Suchitra Sen’, though they had first paired in ‘Sharey Chuattor’ in 1953. The film ran for 65 weeks and established Uttam in the industry. Through this film, the great actress Suchitra Sen became famous with the help of Uttam.

The on-screen chemistry between Uttam Kumar and Suchitra Sen has always been much adored and admired. Both of them together constituted the evergreen and popular romantic pair of Bengali Cinema till date.

This great actor was very romantic in his personal life. The love relation with Suchitra Sen and Sabitri and divorcee with actress Supriya Devi were the events that created discussion and gossip in the film industry. it is still the discussion and gossip in the film industry about the love relation between Suchitra and Uttam.

Some of Uttam’s famous films co-starring Suchitra Sen include ‘Share Chuattor’, ‘Agni Pariksha’, ‘Shilpi’, ‘Saptapadi’, ‘Pathe Holo Deri’, ‘Harano Sur’, ‘Chaowa Paowa’, ‘Bipasha’, ‘Jiban Trishna’, ‘Sagarika’, ‘Trijama’, ‘Indrani’, ‘Sabar Upare’, ‘Surjyo Toron’, ‘Rajlakshmi O Sreekanto’, ‘Ekti Raat’, ‘Grihadaha’, ‘Kamallata’, ‘Har Mana Har’, ‘Alo Amar Alo’.

There is a theatre ‘Uttam Mancha’ named after him in Kolkata. A life-size statue has been erected near Tollygunj metro station which has recently been renamed after the iconic actor by the Central Railway Ministry. Besides, Shilpi Sansad, the actor’s pet project of safeguarding the artistes especially the poor and the old, is active still.

His creation in this subcontinent, his look and amazement smile still holds us in our mind. Today we pay deep respect for him and tribute to him.