Remembering legendary actor of Bangla cinema Mahanayak Uttam Kumar, his 37th death anniversary will be observed Monday in Kolkata and elsewhere.
Born as Arun Kumar Chattopadhyay, the original heartthrob of Bengali cinema passed away on July 24, 1980 aged 52 in Kolkata.
His first hit release was Drishtidan (1948) directed by Nitin Bose though he worked in an earlier unreleased film called 'Mayador'.
His most lauded and gorgeous appearance was in Satyajit Ray's Nayak (The Hero) His first four to five films were all flops, earning him the dubious nickname 'Flop Master General' at the beginning of his career.
Apart from acting, as his career progressed he went on to try his hand as producer, director, a music director and a versatile singer. The production house’s initial release was the famed mega hit film ‘Harano Sur’ (1957) which was awarded Presidents Award of India in 1958, Regional Certificate of Merit.
Arguably the greatest actor in the history of Bengali cinema, whose on-screen chemistry with actress Suchitra Sen is still unmatched, Uttam died after a heart attack.