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Monday, July 23, 2012
Uttam Kumar death anniversary is remembered by film-lovers in India.
Bengali superstar Uttam Kumar died on 24th July, 1980. More than 30 years had passed after death of the legendary superstar Uttam Kumar.
Mamta Banerjee, the Chief Minister of Bengal had made huge efforts to restore the works of superstar Uttam Kumar. The Star Theatre, where Uttam Kumar played the Play Shyamali for 5 years in the mid-50s, had been restored by Mamta Banerjee. The Theatre was burned to ashes few years back.
Even lifetime achievement awards were given to noted artists in Bengal like Soumitra Chatterjee, Sabitra Chatterjee, Supriya Debi on 24th July, 2012, the death anniversary of Uttam Kumar. Mamta Banerjee had organized the award ceremony.
Last year, the Metro Station Tollygunge was renamed as Mahanayak Uttam Kumar station. At the same time postage stamps were created on the name of superstar Uttam Kumar.
There is also going to be a Uttam Kumar film festival during this period of time.
Uttam Kumar’s films were based on rich literature including Tagore’s Khokababur Protyaborton, Subodh Ghosh’s Suno Bara Nari, Samaresh Bose’s Kuhak, Sorodindu Bondhopadyay’s Chiriakhana, Shankar’s Chourangi. The films were related to different types of stories including comedy stories, tragic stories, soft romantic stories, etc.
Uttam Kumar had acted in around 205 films (including bollywood films like Amanush, Anand Ashram, Choti Si Mulakat, Dooriyan, Kitaab etc., ) in a span of 35 years, and all his films had remained everlasting treasures. Out of his 205 films, around 37 of them ended up being blockbusters, around 50 were super hit films and around 50 were hit films. Actor Shatrughun Sinha in his interview before Bengali media had disclosed that when he was working in Pune Film and Television Institute, the graduates had unanimous view that Uttam Kumar, Raj Kapoor and Dilip Kumar were the greatest superstars of celluloid and had Uttam Kumar acted in more number of bollywood films, he would have remained as great a legend as Dilip Kumar or Raj Kapoor. His films should be restored and preserved.