Saturday, 16 October, 2021

Uttam Kumar’s 41st death anniv: Five iconic films of Mahanayak

Uttam Kumar, one of the most celebrated actors of his time, also known as Mahanayak Uttam Kumar, breathed his last on July 24, 1980, after a heart attack while filming ‘Ogo Bodhu Sundori.’ He appeared in over 200 Bengali films throughout his life.  

Marking his 41st death anniversary, here are five iconic films of Mahanayak that left many inspired, reports Hindustan Times. 

Anthony Firingee (1967): ‘Anthony Firingee’ is based on the life of a Portuguese origin folk poet Anthony Firingee who became a famous Bengali poet-musician and fell in love with Nirupoma.

Nishi Padma (1970): Written and directed by Aravinda Mukherjee, 'Nishi Padma' is based on a short story Hinger Kochuri by Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay. The Hindi remake of the film is titlesd 'Amar Prem (1972).

Chowringhee (1968): Directed by Pinaki Bhushan Mukherjee, this film starred Supriya Devi and Uttam Kumar. 'Chowringhee' is based on the best-selling novel of the same name.

Nayak: The Hero (1966): Directed by the great filmmaker, Satyajit Ray, 'Nayak' revolves around a matinee idol on a 24-hour train journey from Kolkata to Delhi to receive a national award. It is believed that Ray wrote the script keeping Kumar in mind.

Saptapadi (1961): Starring Suchitra Sen, Uttam Kumar, Chhabi Biswas and Chhaya Debi, 'Saptapadi' is a romantic Bengali film based on a novel of 1958 written by Tarasankar Bandyopadhyay.