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Mamata pays tributes to legendary Mahanayak Uttam Kumar

Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday paid sincerest tribute to legendary Mahanayak Uttam Kumar on his death anniversary.
Taking to her twitter, Banerjee said, “My sincerest tribute to legendary Mahanayak Uttam Kumar on his death anniversary.”
“He was one of the most beloved matinee idols of our country. The icon resides in our hearts even today,” she added.
Bengal’s ultimate matinee idol passed away on July 24, 1980.
Born as Arun Kumar Chattopadhyay, popularly known as the Mahanayak, on September 3, 1926, he appeared in over 200 films in his career. Some of his best-known roles were in the films Harano Sur, Bicharak, Saptapadi, Jhinder Bandi, Sesh Anka, Deya Neya, Lal Pathore, Jatu Griha, Thana Theke Aschi, Chowringhee, Nayak, Antony Firingee, Amanush, Bagh Bondi Khela and Chiriyakhana (1967).
Kumar and Suchitra Sen have appeared together in many films.[44] Some of Uttam’s films co-starring Suchitra Sen include Share Chuattor which they had pairing for first time. The film was successful, and was followed by Agni Pariksha and others Shilpi, Saptapadi, Pathe Holo Deri, Harano Sur, Chaowa Paowa, Bipasha, Jiban Trishna, Sagarika, Trijama, Indrani, Sabar Upare, Surjyo Toron, Rajlakshmi O Sreekanto, “Ekti Raat”, “Grihadaha”, Kamallata, Har Mana Har, Alo Amar Alo. They had worked together in 30 films from where 29 films was give box office success
When the Central Government instituted National Film Awards, Kumar was the first actor to be honored with the National Award for Best Actor at the 15th National Film Awards in 1968 for his performances in Anthony Firingee and Chiriyakhana.
He produced six successful Bengali films and also produced a Hindi film. First he produced Harano Sur (1957) and Saptapadi under the banner of Alochayas Production. Both films were directed by Ajoy Kar and received National Film Award.
In 1963 he changed his production house name as Uttam Kumar Films Private L.T.D. Under this banner he produced first Bhranti Bilash others is Uttar Falguni, Jatu griha both of film was won again National Film Award and also Grihadaha.
In 2012 on the anniversary of his death, the Central Government created the “Mahanayak Samman” award named after Kumar, for lifetime achievement in film. Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee gave this award. (UNI)                                                (video- Courtsey– YouTube.com)

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