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
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.
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