Thursday, April 22, 2010

Dilip Mukherjee's directorial contribution in Bengali films.

Dilip Mukherjee’s directorial contribution in Bengali films.

Dilip Mukherjee was known for his innovative films and decent performances in Bengali celluloid. He started his directorial debut with Tarun Majumdar and Sachin Majumdar under the name of Jatrik. Their film Chawa Pawa in 1959 with Bengali superstar Uttam Kumar and Suchitra Sen stormed tollywood.

Chawa Pawa was based on the romantic Hollywood blockbuster Roman Holiday, where Gregory Pegg and Audrey Hepburn mesmerized the international viewers in the 50s. Uttam Kumar played the role of the journalist who reached Suchitra Sen, the daughter of wealthy industrialist Chabi Biswas, to her father’s house, before she left the house for avoiding arranged marriage. Sandhya Mukherjee’s song “ei to kache chawa” became super hit.

While Dilip Mukherjee made the romantic film during his early days, he shifted to realistic films in early 60s. His film Sriti Tuku Thaak with Suchitra Sen, Bikash Roy and Asitboron appealed to the audience. Suchitra Sen played a double role in the film. She lost her memory, and after knowing that her sister married her husband Asit Boron, she sacrificed her life for him. Sandhya Mukherjee’s song “monero madhuri mishaye” composed by Robin Chatterji became super hit in early 60s.

Dilip Mukherjee’s film Kacher Swargo, related to the unemployment problem in Bengal and related to a very abstract story moved the intellectuals of the country. Critics feel that Dilip Mukherjee, who played the central character in the film had given his best performance in Kancher Swarga. In the mid-60s, Jatrik got divided and Tarun Majumdar independently directly super hit films like Palatak, Sriman Prithviraj, Dadar Kirti, etc.

Dilip Mukherjee continued his direction after retaining the Jatrik Banner. His notable film Ekhane Pinjor with Uttam Kumar got critically acclaimed. Dilip Mukherjee came to Uttam Kumar in Kolkata to get a job. Uttam Kumar could not help him and he committed suicide. Uttam Kumar went to his house in the village and saw his needy mother and sister Aparna Sen. Uttam Kumar felt pity for the family as they lost the single bread-earner Dilip Mukherjee, so he stayed in their house financially helped them.

Uttam Kumar played double role in Dilip Mukherjee’s film Chinna Patra. Dilip Mukherjee acted in the role of villain who killed one of the brother played by Uttam Kumar. The other Uttam Kumar had facial similarities with the deceased and went to his native place to take revenge. Supriya Choudhury, the wife of Uttam Kumar got killed in the process.

Dilip Mukherjee’s film Nagar Darpane also stormed Bengali celluloid in the mid-70s. Uttam Kumar played a very dynamic role in the film. He was the brother of Dilip Mukherjee, who became insane at the end of the film after seeing the degrading value system in the society. Dilip Mukherjee played the role of a police officer who assaulted Uttam Kumar in the film.

Dilip Mukherjee also did shine as an actor. He had provided many notable performances in films like Uttar Falguni, Kancher Swargo, Thana Theke Aaschi, etc. His films both as director and actor should be restored.


abhijit said...

a timeless creation with stellar performance from Dilip Mukherjee, Anil Chatterjee, Bikash Ray and Pahari Sanyal...
Dont forget the other cameos like Manju Dey, Tarun Kumar, Chaya Devi...


Souvik Chatterji said...

Dilip Mukherjee worked as assistant to director Haridas Bhattacharya who had worked mostly with Sarat Chandra Chatterji's literature like Rajlakshi Srikanto, Abhaya Srikanto, etc.
Souvik Chatterji.