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Uttam Kumar

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Uttam Kumar in 2009 stamp of India.

Uttam Kumar (Bengali: উত্তম কুমার; born Arun Kumar Chattopadhyay; 3 September 1926 – 24 July 1980), popularly known as the Mahanayak,[1] was an Indian actor, producer, director, script writer, composer, and singer who mostly worked in Bengali movies.[2][3][4] Kumar was one of the most successful actors in Bengali movies history.[5][6]

Kumar's career lasted for over thirty years, from the late 1940s until his death in 1980. He appeared in over 200 movies. Some of his best known movies are Agni Pariksha, Harano Sur, Bicharak, Saptapadi, Jhinder Bandi, Sesh Anka, Deya Neya, Lal Pathore, Jatu Griha, Thana Theke Aschi, Chowringhee, Nayak, Antony Firingee, Amanush, Bagh Bondi Khela and Chiriyakhana (1967).[7][8][1]

Kumar also worked with Satyajit Ray in 1966 on the movie Nayak. After seeing Kumar in Nayak, actress Elizabeth Taylor was impressed with his performance and wanted to work and meet with him.[9]

Kumar was active in the Indian independence movement. In 1945, he helped Subhas Chandra Bose's Indian National army relief fund by arranging a performance of the play Anandamath and donated the profit of 1700 rupees to Bose's elder brother Satish Chandra Bose.[10] He also got involved in the Kolkata communal riots of 1946.[11]

Some of greatest actors and actresses such as Elizabeth Taylor, Dilip Kumar, Vyjayanthimala, Dharmendra, Rajesh Khanna, Shammi Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan have expressed their strong feeling of pleasure and wonder to him.[12][13]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Pothukuchi, Madhavi (24 July 2019). "Uttam Kumar — the 'mahanayak' who defined Bengali cinema for three decades". ThePrint. Retrieved 26 January 2021.
  2. "Of fond memories". The Telegraph. 24 July 2003. Archived from the original on 29 June 2012. Retrieved 15 August 2010.
  3. Dasgupta, Priyanka (24 July 2010), "Star struck for Uttam?", The Times of India, archived from the original on 11 August 2011, retrieved 15 August 2010
  4. "Actor Uttam Kumar's biography to hit stands next month". The Indian Express. 25 July 2021. Retrieved 9 April 2022.
  5. "ইন্দিরা সিনেমায় সত্যজিতের ভাবনায় তৈরি করা হয় 'নায়ক' ছবির ব্যানার | TheWall". 6 May 2021. Retrieved 19 April 2022.
  6. মণ্ডল, পুলক. "ওই চাহনি, ওই হাসি এবং উত্তমকুমার". www.anandabazar.com (in Bengali). Retrieved 19 April 2022.
  7. "Byomkesh Bakshi". The Telegraph. 7 August 2010. Archived from the original on 23 August 2010. Retrieved 15 August 2010.
  8. Nag, Kushali (20 July 2008). "Living with Uttam Kumar". The Telegraph. Archived from the original on 1 August 2008. Retrieved 15 August 2010.
  9. Gupta, Ranjan Das (2010-07-21). "Master of expressions". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2022-09-04.
  10. "Uttam Kumar: নেতাজির জন্য গান বেঁধেছিলেন 'দেশভক্ত' উত্তম কুমার". Aaj Tak বাংলা (in Bengali). Retrieved 8 April 2022.
  11. "Uttam Kumar: অবাঙালি 'বাহুবলীদের' পিটিয়ে সিধে করেছিলেন উত্তম কুমার". Aaj Tak বাংলা (in Bengali). Retrieved 8 April 2022.
  12. "Remembering Uttam Kumar: 10 memorable quotes about the 'Mahanayak' of Bengali cinema". The Times of India. Retrieved 10 April 2022.
  13. ইশতিয়াক, আহমাদ (24 July 2021). "চলচ্চিত্র ও জীবনের মহানায়ক উত্তম কুমার". The Daily Star Bangla. Retrieved 10 April 2022.

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