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When Satyajit Ray told his make-up man Ananta Das to inform Uttam Kumar that the actor would not wear any make-up for his title role in 'Nayak', Das was scared.


When the actor sat in his make-up room on the first day, shouting out for Das to begin, Ray told him that there would be no make-up for him, except for a little padding on the face for the flashbacks showing the hero as a young man.



Uttam Kumar was not exactly overjoyed. But after the film was complete, he told Ray that for the first time, he could act naturally without the baggage of make-up.



"Acting without make-up was a different cup of tea -my facial expressions were smooth, seamless and spontaneous, which would not have been possible under the weight of heavy paint," said the actor.



"He is the universal romantic hero of all time, the best Indian cinema has produced. No star anywhere in the country has been able to keep his memory alive in the minds of his fans like Uttam Kumar has," wrote Rabi Basu, a renowned critic. These are small vignettes from Uttam Kumar's life, one of the greatest actors Indian cinema has produced.



No wonder then, that even 27 years after his demise on July 24, 1980, people who grew up watching his films, insist that there has been no one like him in Bengali cinema and that there will never be another Uttam Kumar.



- Excerpts from writer Shoma Chatterji's tribute to the great actor published in the 2006 issue of Screen.

 

Edited by Qwest - 15 years ago
Posted: 15 years ago

Here is a song
aye ki holo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvU6Oz21SAo



Hindi version
ye kya hua..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYdpkWX4T5Y

 

Edited by Sur_Sangam - 15 years ago
Posted: 15 years ago

Originally posted by Barnali


Uttam kumar Embarrassed

maybe at times i can even say he is my most fav actor. even better than BigB. Tongue

Thanks Questji for the topic.

Barnalidi, he is my most favourite.(Go to my slambook you will find his name first). Jodio ei adoration uttoradhikar sutrey amar Ma r thekey peyechi. By the time I realized what cinema is, he was no more in this world. As teenagers,  me and my best friend used to drool on his movies. We never missed his movies on Saturdays or Sundays. Even eagerly waited for "chitramala", which was sure shot one. No "chitramala" was complete without Uttam Kumar. My affair with B/W movies started with Uttam Kumar. 

He will be always my "ever-green" hero.

Posted: 15 years ago
Originally posted by Qwest


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<FONT face=Verdana>The very name of Uttam Kumar would bring back memories in many of us. Memories of times that were filled with youthful effervescence and idealistic escapades of the most transcendent nature; he brings back memories of sleepy sub-divisional towns, red krishnachura blooms and ponds immersed in placidity. He brings back memories of the whistle of the old steam engine and murmur of the ancient jhaau tree behind the little railway station. And he also brings back memories of innocuous cinema posters on walls near the small and only cinema hall in the town. Young people stood beside the walls to look at the posters of Uttam Kumar and Suchitra Sen in films like Shapmochan, Shagarika, Harano Sur and so on, writes Shahnoor Wahid

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In Bengal, Uttam Kumar reigned supreme as the protagonist in the romantic melodramas pairing with some of the most beautiful and talented female stars of his time such as Suchitra Sen, Savitri Chatterjee, Supriya Chatterjee, Mala Sinha and Tanuja. It is no exaggeration that he was the undisputed king of the Bengali silver screen for nearly three decades. Many would say that the void that Uttam Kumar once filled has come back again in the Bengali cinema after his death.   The very name of Uttam Kumar would bring back memories in many of us. Memories of times that were filled with youthful effervescence and idealistic escapades of the most transcendent nature; he brings back memories of sleepy sub-divisional towns, red krishnachura blooms and ponds immersed in placidity. He brings back memories of the whistle of the old steam engine and murmur of the ancient jhaau tree behind the little railway station. And he also brings back memories of innocuous cinema posters on walls near the small and only cinema hall in the town. Young people stood beside the walls to look at the posters of Uttam Kumar and Suchitra Sen in films like Shapmochan, Shagarika, Harano Sur and so on. People watched those posters and found the smile of Uttam Kumar and Suchitra Sen touching their hearts and touching their lives. In a quiet sub-divisional town a cinema like Shapmochan or Shagarika was something out of the world for the people who had no other mode of entertainment. In the film, when Uttam Kumar laughed they all laughed. When Uttam Kumar felt dejected they all felt dejected. No wonder those who could afford the money went to see one such film twenty or thirty times in one month.   Uttam Kumar introduced totally his own brand of acting and mannerism in Calcutta movies. Unlike his predecessors, he kept his head high when delivering a romantic dialogue or one filled with pathos. And in both times he looked straight into the eyes of his female protagonist or heroine, as is popularly called. In the Bengali films, before Uttam came into the scene, the male protagonist usually looked at the floor or at his own hands when saying something romantic, or delivering tear-jerking dialogue before parting with the heroine. In the past, heroes wept openly to depict the pain they suffered when turned down by the heroine or her father. It was done to project the good boy image of the love-stricken hero and to evoke empathy in the audience. But one will notice that Uttam never wept, no one ever saw tears rolling down his cheeks, or going hysterical over the loss of his lover. Instead, we saw him tightening his jaws and walking out of the house of a rude man, the father of the heroine or grandfather (Pathey Holo Deri, for example), with his head high in the air and without looking back for once. And he walked out not limping. He walked out with long and strong strides. The frown on his broad forehead spoke volumes about the pain he harboured in his heart. Whether he was doing the role of a poor man or a rich man, Uttam Kumar injected personality in the character, and no one could do it the way he did. Such subtlety, such refinement, such infusion of strength in the characters made him the consummate actor that he was.   Uttam Kumar was also at ease when doing comical roles. He had that uncanny sense of humour, that touch of naughtiness in him that has been exploited so well by directors in many films. Remember the scene from Prithibi Amarey Chai where both Uttam and Mala Sinha go on the edge of the lake to commit suicide? In that scene he feels pity for the lonesome girl and in a bid to save her from doing what she intended to do asks her whether she had any previous experience of committing suicide by jumping into a pond or a lake? When she said she did not, he told her that he had the experience and then went on to say how she would feel once she would jump into the cold water and start going down and down, how strange creatures would nibble at her feet and all that. This part of the movie always invoked laughter in the audience.   When he was at the peak of success as the male lead actor in Bengali cinema, Uttam Kumar did not hesitate to do a side role in the film Mayamriga. The lead role was given to debutant Biswajeet. But, it was Uttam Kumar who stole the show with his cameo appearance as a happy-go-lucky unemployed man who enjoyed betting on horses. Who can forget the scene where he sang "Shone Shone Gero Baaz, Akashta Pero Aaj…"? Who can forget his superb acting in Shagarika when the principal of the medical college tears up his scholarship papers and throws him out of college for something he did not do intentionally. He did not have to weep to show his emotional turmoil, but the audience wept at his misfortune. Bengali cinema lovers would remember his powerful acting in films like Shobar Uparey, Shapmochan and Harano Sur. We still remember that measured dialogue in the film Harano Sur when he tells Suchitra Sen, "….Koutuhol thaka bhalo tobey taar ekta shimarekha thaka dorkar…", which roughly means 'it is good to have curiosity but a line has to be drawn somewhere.'   Talking about Uttam Kumar and his movies would remain incomplete if we do not say a few words about the songs he sang on the silver screen. His face and voice effortlessly blended with the voice of maestro Hemant Kumar and the two became inseparable as best of friends. Songs like Surer Akashey Tumi Jeygo Shuktara..or Boshey Achhi Potho Cheye Fagunero Gaan Geye Joto Bhabi Bhuley Jabo Mono Manena…or.. Jhor Uthechey Baul Batash….remains so hauntingly popular even four decades later.      The early days   Uttam Kumar was born Arun Kumar Chatterjee in 1926. The name Uttam, meaning best, was given by his grandmother and through his sheer talent and determination he proved to be the best indeed in Bengali cinema. Besides taking private lessons on acting he took a lot of interest in physical fitness. He was good in horse riding and playing tennis and badminton. From one of his biographers we have come to know that he was the swimming champion at the Bhowanipur Swimming Association three years in a row. It might sound new to many new generation readers, but it is on record that Uttam Kumar wanted to be a singer at one stage. He did take lessons in classical singing and tried his luck as a singer. He also gave singing lessons to students as a private tutor and that is how he met his first wife Gouri Devi.   Uttam Kumar's first release was the Bengali film Drishdidaan which was released in 1948. In that film he used the name Arun Kumar. The film proved to be a disaster at the box office and the next one titled Kamana also did poorly as far as business was concerned. After this, people in the industry began to call him 'flop master'. He, however, was able to show glimpses of his acting talent in the film Basu Parivar and the year was possibly 1951 or 1952. Savitri Chatterjee was in the female lead and the film turned out to be a big hit.   Uttam Kumar only had to wait for another year or two to see success knock on his door. In 1953, Agnipariksha was released and since then Uttam did not have to look behind. As said by some writers the 'Golden era of Bengali Cinema' began with the appearance of Uttam Kumar the star in the firmament of Bengali cinema.(Uttam Kumer died on July 24, 1980) </SPAN>


HOW DID I MISS THIS POST. THANKS A LOT. NICE AND KEEP ADDING MORE ON HIM. I JUST SAW IT TODAY.
Posted: 15 years ago
Originally posted by Qwest


Runa


oh lovely Runa. Can anyone please list all his movies in line on the same post yearwise , heorine and the Hindi version of some of his movies. So that non-bengalis will try to know him .
Thank you

Uttam Kumar


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