Thursday, September 3, 2009
The Government of India , Had honoured a few more film personalities with a Postage stamp , and I have been a bit irregular in reporting the same. Today , they have come out with a stamp to honour the famous actor Uttam Kumar , a legend in the Bengali Film world. Born as Arun Kumar Chatterjee on 3rd September 1926 he began acting in Plays at a young age and won many laurels. He completed his graduation and and worked at the Port Commisioners office.He , being a good singer also gave singing lessons. He was determined to make it in the Film world and after a struggle his first released film was "drishtidaan" and his breakthrough came with the film "Sare Chuyattor". He then never looked back and went on to become a producer and director as well. His foray into the hindi Film Industry was not very succesful but his contribution to the bengali film Industry is immense. He won the first ever national Award for best actor - for his performance in Satyajit Ray's "Chiriakhana" and the film "Antony Firingi" in 1967, the year the Awards were introduced. He achieved the dream of all Actors - to die working. He passed away of a massive heart attack while shooting for the film Ogo Bodhu Shudori in 1980 at the young age of 54.