Uttam Kumar

  • Suchitra Sen (1931 - 2014): Forever young January 17, 2014

    And the other half passes away. It was 2009, College Street in Kolkata. I was searching for old Bengali magazines from the 60s and the 70s, while researching for my book, 'Uttam Kumar and Suchitra Sen - Bengali Cinema's First Couple'. I asked a magazine vendor, "Dada Suchitra Sen er...
  • Suchitra Sen (1931 - 2014): Bengali cinema's 'Queen of Hearts' January 17, 2014

    Kolkata: Capturing the public's imagination for three decades through her ethereal beauty and intense celluloid performance, Suchitra Sen symbolised the golden age of Bengali cinema with memorable films like 'Agnipariksha', 'Devdas' and 'Saat Paake Bandha'. The doe-eyed beauty turned a recluse after bidding adieu to the world of films in the...
  • Uttam Kumar and 'Mrs Sen': The magical and hypnotic Uttam-Suchitra years January 17, 2014

    Greta Garbo was born on September 1905 and died in 1990 at the age of 84. But for almost half a century before that, she was a recluse, choosing her life in seclusion as she famously remarked once - "I want to be let alone." She shot into fame in...
  • Could not have survived on mass appeal alone: Soumitra Chatterjee October 30, 2013

    Kolkata: Legendary actor Soumitra Chatterjee says that he could not have survived in the industry for four decades if he just concentrated on appealing the masses. "Had it been so, I would not have remained in the industry for more than 40 years," says Soumitra, whose scenes with late matinee...
  • Suchitra Sen, Gulzar addressed each other as 'Sir' September 30, 2013

    New Delhi: Did you know that Suchitra Sen and Gulzar addressed each other as 'Sir'? In an interesting anecdote in her book 'Uttam Kumar And Suchitra Sen: Bengali Cinemas First Couple', author MaitreyeeB Chowdhury says that Suchitra used to be addressed as 'Sir' by Gulzar, not much out of respect...
  • Uttam Kumar: The most cherished yet unsung hero of Bengali cinema September 3, 2013

    New Delhi: Uttam Kumar was born on September 3, 1926 as Arun Kumar Chatterjee but was probably destined to be the Mahanayak. The kind of following he enjoyed in Bengal and Bangladesh till his last day (July 24, 1980), was unthinkable for many of his contemporaries in Bengali cinema. In...
  • Uttam Kumar: The man who almost gave up on films July 24, 2013

    When Bengal's ace-of-hearts, the one and only Uttam Kumar breathed his last on July 24, 1980, he unleashed the kind of public hysteria unprecedented in the annals of Bengal's movie history. Millions of Uttam lovers, suddenly orphaned, dazed and unbelieving, kept asking just one question, all along: "Is it true?"...
  • Honour for film personalities on Uttam Kumar's death anniversary July 23, 2013

    Kolkata: The West Bengal government will honour 50 Bengali film personalities on the occasion of the 33rd death anniversary of matinee idol Uttam Kumar Wednesday. Actors Madhabi Mukhopadhyay, Ranjit Mullick, Dipankar Dey and Sandhya Roy, and filmmaker Gautam Ghosh would be presented the lifetime achievement award for their contribution to Bengali...
  • Uttam Kumar remains a reference point for Bengali actors even after three decades of his death: Swapan Mullick February 22, 2013

    Oddly, nothing in the form of a biography has been written before about Bengal's most memorable actor, Uttam Kumar, in English. Veteran film critic Swapan Mullick's 'Mahanayak Revisited' goes behind the professional life and public face of Bengal's most idolized actor to reveal little-known details of the stars unconscious power...
  • How Uttam Kumar redefined screen romance September 3, 2012

    New Delhi: When Bengal’s ace of hearts, the one and only Uttam Kumar breathed his last on July 24, 1980, he unleashed the kind of public hysteria unprecedented in the annals of Bengal’s movie history. Millions of Uttam fans, suddenly orphaned, kept asking just one question, ‘Is it true?’ To...
  • Remembering Uttam Kumar: From a clerk to an actor July 24, 2012

    New Delhi: When Bengal’s ace of hearts, the one and only Uttam Kumar breathed his last on July 24, 1980, he unleashed the kind of public hysteria unprecedented in the annals of Bengal’s movie history. Millions of Uttam fans, suddenly orphaned, kept asking just one question, ‘Is it true?’ To...
  • How Uttam Kumar became the symbol of romance July 15, 2012

    New Delhi: When Bengal’s ace of hearts, the one and only Uttam Kumar breathed his last on July 24, 1980, he unleashed the kind of public hysteria unprecedented in the annals of Bengal’s movie history. Millions of Uttam fans, suddenly orphaned, kept asking just one question, ‘Is it true?’ To...
  • St Stephen's student killer sentenced June 15, 2007

    New Delhi: A man who murdered a student of Delhi St Stephen's College in 1999 because he could not marry her was on Thursday sentenced to life in prison. Uttam Kumar, a private tutor, killed his former student Priyanka Garg ten days before her wedding. Additional Sessions Judge Bharat Parashar,...