Uttam Kumar, one of the biggest film icons in the history of
Bangla movies, hypnotizes the viewers even today. On his 83th birth
anniversary, well known actor Aly Zaker and Madhabi Mukherjee describe Uttam as
an extra ordinary performer as well as a character actor.
Uttam Kumar was "the" super star of Bengali cinema and
the most popular Bengali film actor ever. He was born in 1926 to a middle class
family in Kolkata. His original name was Arun Kumar Chatterjee.
His first released movie was Dristidaan directed by Nitin Bose and was released
in 1948. Uttam Kumar's first appearance with another screen idol Suchitra Sen
was in the comedy movie Saarey Chuattor in 1953. This film turned out to be a
big hit. From that time onwards, the Uttam-Suchitra romantic duo produced a
series of popular films throughout a period which is known as the golden age of
commercial Bengali cinema. Uttam-Suchitra combination became a legendary and
Uttam Kumar's performance in Satyajit Ray's movie Nayak was remarkable.
He starred in another Ray movie – Chiriakhana which won him a national award in
the best actor category. Uttamkumar acted in a few Hindi movies. For a brief
period, he also acted in professional theatre. In 1955, he took part in the
drama Shyamali staged in Star Theatre. Uttam Kumar died in 1980 from heart